Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his 1964 State of the Union address.
Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined; as the session which enacted the most far-reaching tax cut of our time; as the session which declared all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States; as the session which finally recognized the health needs of all our older citizens; [...]
The War on Poverty include several social programs
Social Security Act 1965 (Created Medicare and Medicaid) – July 19, 1965
Food Stamp Act of 1964- August 31, 1964
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 which created the Community Action Program, Job Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), centerpiece of the "war on poverty" – August 20, 1964
Elementary and Secondary Education Act - April 11, 1965
We are coming up on the 50th year of LBJ's War on Poverty, How effective has the war on poverty been at eliminating poverty? What percentage of the population is living in poverty today as compared to 1963, after LBJ's war on poverty?