George and Billye McPherson, Siskiyou, California

Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Tuesday December 13, 2011

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George and Billye McPherson - poverty - Siskiyou, California

George and Billye McPherson live in the tiny northern California town of Fort Jones, in the economically devastated Siskiyou County. Now in their eighties, they have run a food pantry for more than a decade. In the last few years, they have seen more and more of their neighbors coming to them for assistance. For these men and women, either unemployed or working minimum wage jobs, “the month is longer than the paycheck,” says Billye.

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