Child Poverty Rate in U.S. Nearing 25%
According to a recent 60 Minutes segment, the poverty rate for American children will soon hit 25%. These children, the report noted, will be "the largest American generation to be raised in hard times since the Great Depression.”
Feeding America notes that the 8 million jobs lost between December, 2007, and June, 2009, (not to mention losses since then) have dissolved the line that may have existed between middle-income and low-income individuals and families. Hard-working Americans who had been comfortably middle-class saw their savings dwindle, debts default and homes foreclose. Entire families were forced to live in shelters, motels and even their cars. Many of them turned to food banks for emergency food assistance for the first time in their lives.
Hunger is a painful reality for a growing number of American families, including right here in Brookings. Please continue to support BBP, the Food Pantry, Feeding Brookings, the Harvest Table and Angel Food Ministries as together we continue to try to ease the hunger of local residents. But let's also give serious thought to what must be done to alleviate the underlying poverty in our community, of which hunger is but one symptom.