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What Can We Do About World Poverty? Essay

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Poverty affects 80% of people in the world. That means over three million people live on less than $2.50 a day. The question today now rises what we can do as a county and as individuals to help. Poverty is an important issue to discuss and know more about for many reasons. More than 48 million Americans live in poverty and 15.9 million of those are children. More than one for every seven people currently lives in poverty all across the United States. A full time working parent working for minimum wage earns $14,500 a year and the official poverty line for a family of two children and one parent is $17,568 a year. 20 million children receive free or reduced priced lunches every school day and only half of them get breakfast those days.…show more content…
In some countries including the United States there are food for school programs were children with little or nothing to eat can get food for attending school. There are also food for work programs were adults can help do city works projects and get food in return. We can also help by supporting schools lunch and breakfast programs. These give kids reduced price or free lunch and in some schools free. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program previously known as food stamps. It also has given money to food banks. The act provided two billion dollars as well to the Neighborhood Stabilization Funds as well. As individuals there are ways we can help as well. We can donate to a local food bank such as Harvesters who give food to the poor. Also we can make sure our school has a program that gives kids food if they can’t get it anywhere else. Schools such as Blue Valley West donate all the food they didn't use that day and donate it to Harvesters for them to distribute to the needy. Mission trips are also a great way to go help those affected by poverty. If you aren't in a church group like a mission you can also join a relief program such as the Red Cross. As a whole there is lots we can do to help the people in poverty. Poverty is definitely is an issue that needs to be addressed and helped soon. Helping those in poverty will not only make
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