I myself have never live in poverty.  Yet I have work for many families that does.  Over the past couple of years, in spite of  America’s anti-poverty agenda, the ratio of individuals able to take care of themselves free of government welfare has declined. To find the primary reason to effectively reduce dependency and promote self-sufficiency; I believe that we first have to understand the cause of poverty.   Per some of the families I work with poverty for them is the result of an unexpected problem, such as the death or the loss of a job. For these people, the welfare system can function as originally intended, providing temporary support. Yet for many families that temporary support turns in a life time and becomes a way of living.

Unfortunately this way of living is become the norm and is passed down from generation to generation.  The one thing many families complain about in poverty is food insecurity. In fact they blame food insecurity on, higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics. I personally believed that lower score in school come from the lack of access to adequate, nutritious food.  Poverty is also associated with a higher risk of both illness and premature death as well as children from low poverty area has poor development at all stages of education.

According to child poverty action group America  is not alone when it comes to poverty . In 2013 a report estimated that child poverty costs the UK at least £29 billion each year.1 Of this £20.5 billion is a direct cost to government resulting from additional demand on services and benefits, as well as reduced tax receipts. Because of fuel poverty , fuel  was increased from £256 in 2004 to £402 in 2009, leaving low income families to sometimes have to make a choice between food and heating ( Hill,2011)


Visit the Child Hunger Fact Sheet for further information on child hunger facts and statistics.

DeNavas-Walt, C. & B.D. Proctor. (2015). Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014. U.S. Census Bureau.

Short, K (2015). The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2014. (2015). U.S. Census Bureau.

Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2015). Household Food Security in the United States in 2014. USDA ERS.

Ziliak, J.P. & Gundersen, C. (2015). The State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report, Supplement. National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH).

Gundersen, C., A. Satoh, A. Dewey, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2015: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2015.

D Hirsch, An estimate of the Cost of Child Poverty in 2013,

J Hills, Fuel Poverty: The Problem and Its Measurement, Interim Report of the Fuel Poverty Review, CASE Report 69 2011


One thought on “Poverty

  1. Lyndy Tucker says:

    It is so sad seeing what children have to go through in these times. It breaks my heart when I see kids living on the streets because they don’t have a home and begging for food because their parents don’t have the money to feed them. I am lucky to be able to help a lot of these families with my career and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. They will never ask you for anything even though they know they don’t have it. At Christmas time we are lucky enough to get sponsor that adopt our families so that they can have some sort of Christmas. You should see how much each one of these children’s faces light up when they get what they asked Santa for. Not only the child’s face but you can find mine with tears running down it because of the joy I am feeling.

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