Monday, July 13, 2009

Poverty Indicators for Children continue to rise....

Snippet from Article:::
"A growing number of American children are living in poverty and with unemployed parents, and are facing the threat of hunger, according to a federal report released yesterday.According to the report, "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being," 18 percent of all children 17 and younger were living in poverty in 2007, up from 17 percent in 2006. The percentage of children with at least one parent working full time was 77 percent in 2007, down from 78 percent in 2006. Those living in households where parents described children as being hungry, having skipped a meal or having gone without eating for an entire day increased from 0.6 percent in 2006 to 0.9percent in 2007, the report said.

Federal officials said the statistics predate the current economic downturn, and forecast harder times for some of the country's 74 million children 17 and younger."It foreshadows greater changes we'll see when we look at these figures next year," said Duane Alexander, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Heath, one of the government agencies that participated in the study."
There are other issues that this is not addressing yet.....Malnutrition, Medical Care, Education, and yes even child abuse issues as the economic stress continues to rise. ( There are statistic correlations between domestic abuse and economic downfalls).I have yet to hear the DHHS raise any of these issues, or the MSM to cover any of these issues. The Economic Crisis has real impact on real people, wealth should be measured against the Human Condition...and how we treat our young and care for them and nurture them says much about us as People, as a Nation. A year ago we had a President who could not even say the "R" word, because it made him uncomfortable, and the media coddled him and wallstreet as the Economy Plummeted.

Children should never be the Consequence of Arrogance and Abuse of Power....

Why would I write such a harsh endightment ? Have you ever seen people sleeping in cars ? Families ? It changes your perspective.....
WHAT can you do ?
Give to your local foodbank, especially in the summer when school meal programs are not providing meals. In many states the meal programs and Summer school programs have been drastically cut. These are children that normally would get meals at school and now are home for the summer. Give Child friendly foods, cookies, mac&cheese, baked beans, juices, canned fruit and pudding. And also check and see if the Food banks needs Formula and Diapers. Thank you.

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