The number of impoverished Americans jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010 from 14.3 percent in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Poverty, defined as a couple with two kids and an annual family income of $22,314, is a hot-button political issue. While some believe the government has a responsibility to aid those in need, others say individuals should be the ones responsible.
Our Talk Back question of the day: What is our government's responsibility to those in need?
We want to know what you think. Your response could be read during the program.