Solutions for Children in Poverty?

From the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University:

  • Over 15 million American children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, which is $22,050 a year for a family of four.
  • The number of children living in poverty increased by 33 percent between 2000 and 2009.
  • There are 3.8 million more children living in poverty today than in 2000.
  • Research consistently shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level to make ends meet.
  • Children living in families with incomes below this level – for 2010, $44,100 for a family of four – are referred to as low income.
  • Forty-two percent of the nation’s children – more than 31 million in 2009 – live in low-income families.
  • Twenty-one percent of children live in families that are considered officially poor (15.3 million children).
  • Nine percent of children live in extreme poor families (6.8 million)
  • Twenty-four percent of children younger than age 6 live in poor families; 19 percent of children age 6 or older live in poor families.
  • Twenty-one percent of households with children experience food insecurity.
  • In the 10 most populated states, the percentage of poor children who lack health insurance ranges from 12 percent in New York to 38 percent in Texas.

These are some sobering statistics.  What is the solution?  Well, I can tell you what it is not the answer:



  1. Bonnie said,

    April 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

    The war against child poverty in the United States is the only war I can think of worth spending billions and billions of dollars to fight. Thank you for raising awareness…


  2. lbwoodgate said,

    April 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    You laid out the case for this issue very well RL.

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