The poverty rate in the United States has declined in the past fifty years. In 2012, the poverty rate was 16 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The child poverty rate, however, has seen an increase. In Texas, about 27 percent of children are in poverty, according to the Kids Count Report.
In Potter County, the rate is higher than the state average at 32 percent. Randall County is lower at about 14 percent.
Places such as the Wesley Community Center and the High Plains Food Bank have seen an increase in people utilizing their services.
The Wesley Community Center offers programs to children and their families who are at or below the poverty level.
"The population that we serve at the Wesley is majority a Hispanic population, and majority or almost 100 percent qualify for the free federal programâ?| and are falling between extremely low to moderately low income," said Liz Rascon, executive director of the Wesley Community Center.
She says there has been an increase in their childcare programs.
The High Plains Food Bank said more people are turning to them for assistance. Zack Wilson, executive director of the High Plains Food Bank said they saw a spike in 2006, and the numbers have remained fairly consistent since.
"1 in 4 children in our service area total is considered food insecure and definitely poverty plays a major role in that," Wilson said.
Wilson also said the spike occurred between 2006 and 2009. He said food prices and the financial crisis around that time we both factors.