http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-politicians-will-never-understand-about-poor-people/-91% of people on federal assistance a. work, b. are elderly, or c. are disabled. 66% of children living in poverty have at least one working parent. 84% of people living in poverty have at least one working member in their household. Facts cited in the article.-Also, the vast majority of charities can’t even handle what is donated to them well enough. It takes a higher overhead to run a good, large-scale charity. Do some research on inner city food banks and how much work goes into actually getting things done.