The Role Of Poverty And Hunger In The United States

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Poverty is a growing health issue for the youth of American. Poor nutrition is harmful for anyone but children have a more vulnerability and can lead to more potential long term consequences. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that 13.1 million children under 18 years old in the US live in households who are consistently unable to access nutritious foods that are necessary for a healthy life (Feeding America, 2016). The top five states in 2014 to rate the highest for food-insure children under 18 were Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, and Arkansas. Feeding America is a food bank that is leading the fight against hunger in communities nationwide. Their network feeds more than 12 million hungry children nationwide with a variety of programs. Of the 12 million children that are served by the foundation, over 3.5 million are children who are ages 5 and under. Unemployment is a leading factor for poverty and hunger in American.…show more content…
Feeding American Hunger in America did a study in 2014 which showed that based on annual income, 72 percent of Feeding America client households live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty
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