Within the United States, New York has the 25th highest poverty rank, according to the New York State Community Action Association.

The same study said approximately 14 percent of the Clinton County population is at the poverty level. The two largest impoverished groups are children under the age of 18 and adults over the age of 65.

To help combat the rising poverty numbers in the area, the Plattsburgh Salvation Army provides food to the community every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. This is located at their church, 4804 South Catherine St.

In addition, the Clinton County Youth Advocate Program is currently asking for outerwear donations for all ages and sizes before the winter weather hits the area.

The program’s headquarters are located at 43 Clinton St., where the clothing items can be dropped off anytime before Oct. 31.

Plattsburgh State social work majors work with the area’s homeless population through programs such as Plattsburgh’s own Evergreen Townhouse Community.

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