This is a question, an important one, that has been asked a time or two by member of the Modest Needs community. These individuals are donors to those seeking help through Modest Needs, but they wonder how to help on a larger scale, at the policy level.
Enter: Half in Ten. Half in Ten strives for "a 50 percent reduction goal is our first step toward eliminating poverty. A goal promotes accountability, encourages collaboration between various agencies tackling different aspects of the problem, and inspires the private sector and everyday citizens to get involved to meet the target."
One of the most useful parts of this project's website is the interactive poverty map which shows the increase or decrease (mostly increase) in poverty by congressional district. The information is based on the latest census data, and the map breaks down the numbers of those living in poverty.
Smartly, the creators of this map added links to the websites of the congressmen responsible for each district --a quick and easy way to tell your legistlators that poverty in your community is of paramount concern.
Check it out. And if you feel so motivated, tell your elected officials what you think.