Report: child poverty growing among Minnesota's racial minorities


According to a new report from a child advocacy group, nearly half of Minnesota's African-American children are living in poverty.

The annual "Kids Count" report from the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota says child poverty is increasing in the state's communities of color. The group says those communities now include more than 20 percent of Minnesota's children. Their report finds poverty among the state's American Indian children also hovers near 50 percent and the proportion of Asian-American children in poverty is higher than in any other state.

The group released its report at South Central College in Mankato. As the Mankato Free Press reports, the Children's Defense Fund's most recent data, which are from 2011, show an overall child poverty rate of 15 percent in Minnesota. The manager of a local food shelf tells the Free Press that 46 percent of those who relied on the shelf last were children.

Census numbers released in September showed a slight decline in the state's overall poverty rate, but no movement in that 15 percent child poverty figure, MPR reported.

Here's a link to the full report from the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota.

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