Monday, October 09, 2006

hunger and malnutrition

Reuters AlertNet put out an article about the millions of African children facing hunger and malnutrition. Click here to check it out!

But this problem is not only affecting Africa -- it affects America, too. Here's a Myspace bulletin from Support a Crazy Idea:

20% of children living in rural areas in America live in poverty! 7.5 million people in rural areas live in poverty!

The numbers are staggering. Today 37 million Americans live in a state of poverty, hunger and hardship. That's more than last year, More than ever before. But one by one, working together, we can reverse the trend. For the fourth consecutive year, the poverty rate and the number of Americans living in poverty both rose from the prior years. Since 2000, the number of poor Americans has grown by more than 6 million. The official poverty rate in 2004 (the most current year for which figures are available) was 12.7 percent, up from 12.5 percent in 2003.

Total Americans below the official poverty thresholds numbered 37 million, a figure 1.1 million higher than the 35.9 million in poverty in 2003. The U.S. Census Bureau defines poor families as those with cash incomes of less than $15,067 a year for a family of three – or $19,307 for a family of four. (U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004)

On average, more than one out of every three Americans - 37 percent of all people in the United States - are officially classified as living in poverty at least 2 months out of the year. (U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004) The number of Americans living in severe poverty - with incomes below half of the poverty line - remained the same at 15.6 million. (U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004)

A single parent of two young children working full-time in a minimum wage job for a year would make $10,712 before taxes - a wage $4,355 below the poverty threshold set by the federal government. (U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Census Bureau.) About 40 percent of poor single-parent, working mothers who paid for child care paid at least half of their income for child care; an additional 25 percent of these families paid between 40 and 50 percent of their incomes for child care. (Child Trends, 2001.)

More than two-thirds of all poor families with children included one or more individuals who worked in 2003. What’s more, family members in working-poor families with children typically worked combined totals of 46 weeks per year.

A CRAZY IDEA, INC., STOP (students together opposing povert), YOUTH AGAINST POVERTY, and other local Agencies HAVE TEAMED UP TO FORM A COALITION TO END POVERTY IN AMERICA AND WE NEED YOUR HELP! We at a crazy idea have a dream that one day poverty will be ended in AMERICA We dream that No child will go hungry with in AMERICAN BOARDERS That parent should not have to choose whether to put food on the table or pay the rent We have A CRAZY IDEA fix this but we need your help!

We here at A CRAZY IDEA, Inc have started a campaign to end poverty in America

We are working on job training programs to help teens and college students get a head in the world. We are working with groups like Youth against poverty to come up with ways that young people can join in and help their fellow Americans! From small towns to big cities Americans all over are feeling the pain of being able to put food on the table and that should not be!!! We will be setting up food donations, suit and clothes donations. Along with people to teach job skills and life skills training. As a team we can tie the world together!

Learn more by reading about successful local efforts.

Follow local politics, and tell your local elected officials that you support policies aimed at permanent solutions to poverty in your community and your nation. Time and again, letter-writing campaigns have demonstrated that, when people combine their energies in a single purpose, the results are magnified.

Write or call your senators or representatives, asking what their stance is on pending legislation affecting low-income Americans. Join A CRAZY IDEA, INC AND OTHERS TO CHANGE OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD!




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