Missouri Kids Count has released an examination of the key results of poverty in Missouri and the effects it brings to children in the state. These effects range from detrimental psychological impacts as well as reduced opportunities as adults.
Neurological effects, increased crime, and lost productivity are some of the side effects Missouri children face when living in poverty. While assistance and aid programs exist, the accessibility of government aid comes with restrictions.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) or food stamps attempts to reduce poverty in Missouri. Reducing food insecurity negates the possible adverse health affects of poverty. However, according to the Children's Defense Fund, "SNAP benefits average less than one dollar and forty cents per person per meal-not enough for low-come families who often lack access to affordable, nutritious food".
Child care subsidy provides affordable childcare to families who qualify. According to the National Women's Law Center, "A family of three cannot qualify for the Child Care Subsidy if they make more than 24,342 dollars per year".
A more extensive view into the current state of poverty in Missouri can be viewed in the Missouri Association for Community Action report.