poverty in america

NASHVILLE -- New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49 million people, or 16 percent of the population.

The revised numbers, released earlier this month, are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.

Middle Tennessee eateries are giving their patrons a chance to help. The restaurants are partnering with the local homeless program, Room-in-the-Inn to raise relief funds.