January is Poverty Awareness Month

Respect Life

Did you know that right here in Jackson County, in 2018 approx. 19.4%* of the population live in poverty? That’s approx. 7,439 people. With the pandemic, no doubt that number has increased drastically. Of that 1,933 people are actively employed, but still are living in a state of poverty.

  • 5,025 are adults – 21.3%
  • 730 are seniors (over age 65) – 9.3%
  • 1,684 are children – 24%
  • 1,337 are adults with disabilities – 23.9%

And that’s just here in Jackson County. The numbers are staggering. According to povertyusa.org, 14.1% of the total population of the United States is in poverty.

Did you know that women on Medicaid have TWICE as many abortions?

Did you know St Mary’s Mother of God has its own food pantry? 2020 has been hard on many people through all walks of life. Many have become unemployed, or reduced hours, which results in reduced income. Can you help? YES!

Learn about poverty in our own area – check out povertyusa.org for ways you can learn about the plight of people in poverties web, and how you can help.

Donate to our own food pantry.

Right now, the items being requested:

  • Hygiene products (soap, feminine products, shampoos, etc.)
  • Paper Products (paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, etc.)
  • Laundry Soap
  • Any other non-perishable items

Donations to the St Mary Mother of God Food Pantry can be left in the Parish Hall in the marked boxes.


As Jesus instructed us to pray all ways, and always – pray for our brothers and sisters.

God of Justice open our eyes to see You in the face of those in poverty. Open our mouths to defend You In the public squares as well as in the private deeds. Remind us that what we do to the least ones, we do to You.

Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April 1998