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Poverty Hits Home in the U.S.

Today my heart was saddened because of a study that revealed 49 percent of all U.S. children will be in a household that uses food stamps. The disparity is the highest in African American communities; 90 percent of African American parents will be clients of the National Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps), according to the new study conducted by Washington University and Cornell University.

“One of the most dramatic examples I’ve seen of the true reach of hunger in the United States,” wrote Greg Plotkin of Change.org wrote, “It makes me wonder how others spent their Thanksgiving holidays.”

The study reviewed households containing children between the ages of 1 to 20 over the course of 30 years.

The results challenged me to take action. This new years my resolution will be to get into philanthropy and community involvement. I found several organizations devoted to improving children’s well-being, including:


All of the charity organizations above wanted a monetary donation instead of volunteering, so for now I will keep looking.

Other findings include:

• Nearly one-quarter of all American children will be in households that use food stamps for five or more years during childhood.
• 91 percent of children with single parents will be in a household receiving food stamps, compared to 37 percent of children in married households.
• Looking at race, marital status and education simultaneously, children who are black and whose head of household is not married with less than 12 years of education have a cumulative percentage of residing in a food stamp household of 97 percent by age 10.

For more information on this study, click here. There is also a video in which Mark Rank, PhD, Washington University Professor of Social Welfare, discusses the results.

Or to learn about other social issues in the U.S., visit www.change.org.

**I am a tutor at Club Z tutoring. I help young children improve reading and writing skills or learn Spanish. Cheers!**