Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation. But its status is not without trying to walk away from this title. Although social services and benefits have allowed the poorest of the poor to receive more food and health care, the ability for Mississippi’s poor to journey out of poverty has been a long and challenging battle.
The Mississippi poor consist of a large population of single mothers — who are working. Many have graduated from high school but are unable to find a living wage in the small town and rural communities for which they live.
In an article by NPR’s WUBR, “Women and Children Most At Risk in Mississippi,” Carol Burnett, executive director of the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative, discusses the situation in Mississippi, as well as underlying issues and myths.