The national focus on Social Security’s income assistance for senior citizens has obscured the fact that it is also one of the federal government’s largest antipoverty programs for children. Since 2001, the number of children who benefit from it indirectly, by living in multi-generational families where someone receives benefits, has grown by 1.1 million. Without direct or indirect Social Security benefits, 42 percent of children would be in poverty.

This infographic is based on “Overlooked but Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Kids Out of Poverty

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01-Social Security child beneficiaries

02-KidsinPovertywithoutSocialSecurity

03-SocialSecurityFamilyIncome

04-SocialSecurityDirectChildBeneficiaries

05-MultigenerationalFamilies