Poor Children Are Twice As Likely To Die Before 5th Birthday Than Rich: UN. The Numbers Are Staggering: U.S. Is 'World Leader' in Child Poverty. America's wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion.
In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent. Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, "People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy. " The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it's like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. "There is no such thing as a free lunch," insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to "sweep the floor of the cafeteria" (as theyactually do at a charter school in Texas). The callousness of U.S. political and business leaders is disturbing, shocking. America is a 'Leader' in Child Poverty. 150 Years after the End of the Civil War, Black Children are still more than Three Times as Likely to Live in Poverty as White Children.
Black children in the United States stand a much higher risk of living in poverty than white children, according to a new study based on federal data.
The numbers reveal how much of an economic disadvantage African-Americans still face in America a century and a half since the Civil War. As of 2013, the poverty rate for black children stood at 38%, the Pew Research Center reported after analyzing Census Bureau statistics (pdf). These children were more than three times as likely as white and Asian children to live in poverty, Pew researchers determined.
The numbers showed that the poverty levels for white, Asian and Hispanic kids declined from 2010 to 2013. But the rate for black youths remained largely the same. The Pew study also reported that black and Hispanic children are overrepresented when it comes to poverty. “By contrast, children make up roughly equal shares of the white and Asian populations and of whites and Asians living in poverty,” they added. -Noel Brinkerhoff.
A better plan to provide school lunches to children who need them. The Obama administration announced plans today for a pilot program to increase the number of low-income children who have access to the National School Lunch Program.
Let’s see: Poor kids + free lunch = common sense, compassion, and students better equipped to concentrate in school, leading to increased opportunities for successful outcomes down the line. Then there’s + conservative temper tantrum + last year of office = #Winning. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “22% of all children in the United States–more than 16 million live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.” “Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet. Poverty can impede children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems.
U.S. Rating On Childhood Poverty. A United Nations study on child poverty in wealthy nations has ranked the United States 34th out of 35 countries.
The report, written by UNICEF, revealed that the US managed only to edge out Romania when it comes to the welfare of children. A staggering one in five children in the United States are now living in poverty. Rather than using a fixed dollar value, UNICEF defined poverty as a child living in a household where the income was less than half the national median, and found that 20% of children in the US meet this criteria. According to Political Blind Spot: Using this definition, the United States ranks nearly all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Child poverty in the U.S. is among the worst in the developed world.
A man walks with two children outside the Poverello House homeless shelter Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Fresno, Calif.
(AP Photo/Scott Smith) The United States ranks near the bottom of the pack of wealthy nations on a measure of child poverty, according to a new report from UNICEF. Nearly one third of U.S. children live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income in 2008 - about $31,000 annually.