poverty in america http://wmot.org en Local Restaurants Aid the Homeless http://wmot.org/post/local-restaurants-aid-homeless <p>NASHVILLE -- New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known &mdash; reaching a new level of 49 million people, or 16 percent of the population.</p><p>The revised numbers, released earlier this month, are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.</p><p>Middle Tennessee&nbsp;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.</p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:22:59 +0000 AP/WMOT 4006 at http://wmot.org