Just found it interesting, thought I'd share.
Notable quotes from the Guardian story:
Last year alone, another 1.7 million Americans slipped below the poverty line, bringing the total to 34.6 million, one in eight of the population. Over 13 million of them are children. In fact, the US has the worst child poverty rate and the worst life expectancy of all the world's industrialised countries, and the plight of its poor is worsening.
while poverty rates have been rising in the past few years, the number of Americans on welfare has been steadily declining. Another impact of the 1996 welfare reform was that the unemployed were obliged to take service jobs at the minimum wage (now $5.15 per hour) without benefits such as paid holidays or health insurance. On paper they were part of the success of the welfare-to-work project, but the jobs stocking supermarket shelves or cleaning offices usually left them worse off, especially if someone in the family fell sick.
In Ohio, according to Lisa Hamler-Podolski, more than 40% of the people in the food lines are the working poor.
The article appears to blame Bush for a lot of this, but I don't think that's where the blame lies. This is a growing problem that is ignored by both parties.