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20 Facts About Child Hunger And Child Poverty That Will Break Your Heart

Did you know that nearly half of the 44 million Americans that are on food stamps today are children?  Did you know that more than a fifth of all U.S. children are living in poverty and that a fourth of all U.S. children are enrolled in the food stamp program?  Did you know that most of the people that starve to death around the globe are children?  In 2011, child hunger and child poverty are major problems in the United States and they are at epidemic levels in many areas of the world.  The facts that are you are about to read are tough to stomach and they are meant to break your heart.  Most of us need to be touched on an emotional level before we will take action.  As I have written about previously, the world is on the verge of a horrific global food crisis.  Unless a miracle happens, there is not going to be nearly enough food for everyone in the world in the future.  We all need to prepare so that we will be able to feed our own families when that time comes and so that we will be able to be generous and share with others in need.

The food stamp program is the modern equivalent of the old-fashioned bread lines.  Today, the number of Americans on food stamps is absolutely exploding.  Despite claims that the economy is "recovering", the number of Americans relying on food assistance just continues to increase.

Many food retailers have seen food stamp usage soar to unprecedented levels.  Just check out the following quote from a recent article posted on the website of a local Pennsylvania news station....

“The trend started about three years ago and it has increased significantly we have some stores up 40% from last year,” said Scott Karns owner of seven Karns Supermarkets in central PA.

Sadly, a disproportionate number of those on food stamps are children.  Even as you read this article, there are millions of children in the United States that are wondering where their next meal is going to come from.

The following are 20 facts about child hunger and child poverty that will break your heart....

#1 According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States were living below the poverty line in 2010. In the UK and in France that figure is well under 10 percent.

#2 According to the U.S. Census, the number of children living in poverty has gone up by about 2 million in just the past 2 years.

#3 Today, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#4 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

#5 It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.

#6 More than 44 million Americans are currently on food stamps.  That is an all-time record and that number is 18 million higher than it was back at the beginning of 2007.

#7 48 percent of the 44 million Americans that are now on food stamps are children.

#8 According to Feeding America's 2010 hunger study, more than 37 million Americans are now being served by food pantries and soup kitchens.

#9 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.

#10 According to Feeding America, 50.2 million Americans lived in "food insecure households" during 2009.

#11 Even with tens of millions of Americans on food stamps there are still large numbers of Americans that go hungry each night. According to the BBC, 15% of all U.S. households experienced a shortage of food at some point during 2009.

#12 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

#13 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

#14 The poorest 50% of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.  Statistically, there are more children in poor households than in wealthy ones.

#15 Child hunger is a major problem all over the world. Approximately 1 billion people around the world go to bed hungry each night.

#16 A lack of food among pregnant women in developing countries results in one out of every 6 babies being born with a low birth weight.

#17 Approximately 28 percent of all children in developing countries are considered to be underweight or have had their growth stunted as a result of malnutrition.

#18 More than 3 billion people, close to half the world's population, live on less than 2 dollar a day.

#19 Somewhere in the world someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds, and 75 percent of those are children under the age of five.

#20 Almost 9 million children around the world died before they reached their fifth birthday during 2008.  Approximately a third of all of those deaths were attributed to hunger and malnutrition.

Most Americans have traditionally thought of "hunger" as something that happens over in Africa or Asia, but that is simply not the case anymore.

There are tens of millions of Americans that would be going without enough food if it weren't for the food stamp program, school meal programs, food pantries, soup kitchens and the kindness of religious organizations.

Sadly, as the price of food continues to rise there are tens of millions more Americans that are on fixed incomes or on limited incomes that are going to be facing food insecurity.

The average American now spends approximately 23 percent of his or her income on food and gas.  That is going to rise even higher thanks to all of the new money that the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have pumped into the financial system.

Inflation is a hidden tax that is very cruel.  It hits those with limited resources the hardest.

What are most American families going to do someday when a loaf of bread is 10 dollars and a gallon of milk is 20 dollars?

And it is not just the price of food that is going up.

According to consulting firm Milliman Inc., the average American family of four that is covered by health insurance had an average of $19,393 in health care costs last year.

Many Americans (even if they have insurance) are simply avoiding doctors and avoiding hospitals altogether because they can no longer afford them.

Our whole system is breaking down.  As the economy crumbles, frustration and anger are rising.  As I have written about previously, the number of Americans that have "gone wild" seems to be increasing.

The following are a couple more examples of this phenomenon....

*When things start falling apart, people start going crazy.  Just recently, one man stripped naked while riding a New York city subway.  He hurled racial and ethnic slurs at the people around him and physically harassed a couple of people before a cop was able to wrestle him to the ground.

*Another example of this happened in California just a few days ago.  An elderly woman pulled out a gun and held up a pregnant woman outside of a Kohl's department store in broad daylight on Mother's Day.  When old women start shoving guns in our faces and demanding our money that should be a sign to all of us that things really are starting to fall to pieces.

Things are starting to get crazy but this is just the beginning.

Someday when the global economy is in shambles and there is a massive global food crisis, what do you think Americans are going to do when they have been without food for 3 or 4 days and their families are crying out for something to eat?

Don't think that it won't happen.  The era of endless amounts of cheap food is coming to an end.  There is going to be a massive amount of hunger and poverty in the years to come.

So what do all of you think about this?  Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below....

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  • comnenus

    Evolution at work.

  • mondobeyondo

    This is the United States of America.
    There are no hungry people here.
    Everyone is well fed, plenty of milk and honey here. The grocery stores are loaded with every kind of produce imaginable. You can buy your children T-shirts and socks at Walmart, lettuce, carrots and artichokes at Walmart, and aspirin and cold medicine at Walmart.

    OH REALLY???

    Go to a food bank in Phoenix. Or Los Angeles. Las Vegas, Denver, St. Louis, New York City, Detroit, New Orleans….See how many people are buying ramen soup with their food stamp cards. Not everyone is living the prosperous happy life here.

    Once you see the truth, you’ll stop believing the propaganda.

    • ColdHardFacts

      You talk about ramen as if it isn’t good. That stuff is AMAZING

    • starleys

      People in poverty receive money in their basic cash amount to be used for food. Then they receive food stamps. Then the children receive breakfast and lunch at school. Year round in most casese. Then there is WIC for those too young for school. If kids are starving it is neglect, not lack of availability.

  • mondobeyondo

    I almost forgot, you can buy the newest electronic gadgets at Walmart too. Anything you want, practically.

    You asked for a laptop computer? Poof! It is done! Come back later if you need a memory upgrade.

    Now, what were your other two wishes?

  • Mary Bishop

    People, find the recent documentary “FOOD, INC.” and watch it with a small group of friends (you won’t want to be alone with this one). Then discuss among yourselves how we can take back the night…because we are the light, and we can do it!

  • Verdad

    In Texas, people on food stamps have been caught,on holiday, as far away as Las Vegas using their Lonestar Card there and even in far off Bermuda. Before this crises they were all lazy freedloading parasites. Now they need to go live with their families. If you pay people to do nothing, that is all they will do, and have more kids while they are at it.

    • lazymyass

      Just because a handful of people have been caught abusing food stamps, doesn’t mean that all (or even very many) recipients are abusing their food stamps! And it sounds like you’ve already forgotten the main point which is that half of the recipients are children. Seeing as how they are legally not allowed to work, are you really calling them lazy freeloading parasites?

  • Texas has TONS of JOBS

    The people on welfare are the ones who have the most kids. The system rewards them for having more and more kids, all at taxpayers expense. We have generations that have grown up living off the taxpayer and doing nothing.

  • Woah

    Most Americans are obese or fat. Americans have lost all respect for themselves. Gluttony is no no longer a sin but a national hobby. Americans can afford to loose fifty or a hundred pounds. With all the fallow farm land people can go back to living off the land. America has been fueled by the greed of debt for too long. It is time to pay the piper baby.

  • Lauren Moffat

    hey whats up

  • Randy Tharan

    People in U.S. should have cheap food, after all OUR farmers are feeding the world. The problem is that we have NO people in our political who are capable of negociating a deal with any other country to sell our food surplus in order to receive income to support our farmers. Our agriculture system is second to none and these people get mo credit for the surplus they provide to the outside world. Wake up America, Support our agriculture

    • Perso Nasplit

      Because of EPA laws(and yes, we do need some regulation), green bean farmers cant spray crops to get rid of pests and diseases. That creates liw yield crops. We then import more green beans into the US from countries that DONT have the laws that save the enviroment, but allow for possibly poisonous food crops in plenty. It also takes those same food crops OUT of the country we bought them from, and thus people(kids too) go hungry in that country. Think about that the next time some politician says “my oponent wants dirtier air, dirtier water, and poisonous crops”

  • Red Sun Sets

    I went to a Catholic school that had a food pantry. The nuns would take us out of class to help them sometimes. What they taught us is that the poor often will not be thankful for what you do. As Jesus said, charity is about giving to those you expect nothing in return from. If you get rewarded, it wasn’t charity. This includes them changing their behaviors that made them poor or being thankful. Sometimes this hard for people to understand.

    It is a crime that children go hungry. They are the future and the community must do everything to ensure that grow up to be good members of society. Sometimes parents fail. This is why community support is so important.

    • starleys

      It is a crime if children go hungry. The parents should be arrested.

  • Kelly

    Everytime I get stopped on the street to donate to Africa, I say, “Sorry I cant, Im a Darwinist”
    I don’t think the person gets it, but I will say this. People are meant to die. Whites have footed the bill for years to help the hoards of browns piling into our white countries. Mexico is invading since they breed themselves out of a home and now are hell bent on taking over our country in the name of “La Raza” Remove all illegals by force, stop donating to Haiti and Africa, let nature cull her own herds. Bring back our troops and protect the borders, kill the Fed, end welfare programs for those who refuse to work, and stop ALL manufacturing in other countries and bring commerce back to America. In the end, white children will suffer the most because when the browns finally out breed us, they will not show us the same mercy as we have shown them. They will wake up hungry and homeless on the steps their forefathers built for them. Otherwise we are doomed. To think otherwise is denial. We may need for the STHTF before we can have this madness end. America needs a reset button, for too long we have been pushing the easy botton.

    • Redds


      You can not possibly be that ignorant. If you spent a little more time learning about history and how all the “little brown” people got here in the first place maybe you would actually have something constructive to add. SMH…

  • AK

    Say “thank you” to all the politicians and “environmentalists” who tell us that we must use crops as fuel in order to fight imaginary global warming. They’ve been destroying thousands of tons of crops that way. Rich agricultural areas with lovely soil has been destroyed with monocultures to fight imaginary global warming.

    Thank them. They got you to this point. And you all voted for them and believe them. The same people, by the way, who tax all of us working people to death in order to finance their out of control welfare states and other boondoggles.

    And if people would think before having sex, they wouldn’t have 10 children who then starve and die of hunger. They would have 2 or 3. The same happened in the industrialization era. The workers had simply too many children, but the “evil” factory owners got blamed. But today religion plays a role in these lesser developed countries. The late pope John Paul 2 once stated that using a condom is a sin. There you have another reason for the problems.

  • Youth Service America

    Thanks for sharing these stunning facts. Youth Service America and Sodexo are awarding grants to students and schools with ideas for service projects that address childhood hunger. More information on these grants can be found at and

  • MD Khan

    I swear, this is so miserable. That’s why when i grow up i want to be like Bill Gates, but be more richer than him. I want to be the richest person in the world to end children poverty. But just let me say one thing, if someone ever says that children poverty is a joke or it’s something not serious, put your address and phone number on the comments section so that i can beat you up! This is extremely serious, children poverty is serious. Try to save up some money and give a donation to children poverty.

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