Medina County: Despite Growth, Poverty Continues

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Medina County is one of the state's more affluent and fastest growing counties but it is seeing growing poverty.

The number of residents living beneath the federal poverty line of 20-thousand dollars a year for a family of four has increased 28 percent from 2001 to 2005. That's according to the U-S Census.

During that time, the number of school children in free lunch programs jumped 29 percent, foreclosures on luxury homes are up 51 percent and the amount of food donated from food banks has grown more than 50-thousand pounds.

Social service agencies and religious leaders say they see poverty growing, much like other suburbs across the nation are experiencing.