In U.S., Child Poverty and Hunger Rates Remain Alarmingly High

Alarming statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month revealed that hunger and poverty rates in the country remain high, particularly among African-American children.

Pictured: Four young members of World Vision International, which seeks to provide resources and aid to girls struggling with education and poverty, attend the 10x10 campaign gala in New York City, New York on October 10.
The U.S. Census Bureau determined that 25.1 percent of African-American households and 29.2 percent of households with children are food insecure.

"While there are indicators that the economy is recovering, children and ethnic minorities that were disproportionately impacted during the recession continue to struggle and lag behind in the recovery," explained Leonetta Elaiho, director of Youth and Community Engagement, U.S. Programs at World Vision, in an email statement to The Christian Post.

The U.S. average of households with children who are food insecure is lower, but still high - up to 20.6 percent.

"Food insecurity is one of the clear ways that the impacts of poverty show up for families. The high cost of food, lack of accessibility and other competing financial pressures leave families with difficult decisions to make and stark realities to face," Elaiho added to CP.

WorldVision.org, a Christian humanitarian organization working to tackle poverty and injustice, says that it seeks to meet immediate needs and create long-term solutions to address this problem.


SOURCE: Stoyan Zaimov
Christian Post
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