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Children and Hunger in Philadelphia

August 19, 2011

Historic rates of unemployment, foreclosure, and lack of access to healthcare have stretched families to the limit. As a result, many are increasingly unable to meet the most fundamental of needs –food. In a report released this Wednesday the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that 42% of U.S. children are living in low-income families (at or below 200% of the federal poverty level). Hunger remains pervasive and deep particularly in big cities. This fact was brought very close to home after the Food Research and Action Center report on children and hunger showed Philadelphia’s first congressional district (which includes Kensington, parts of North and South Philadelphia, and Chester) as the second-hungriest place in the country for families with children.

The Center’s report on High Impact Philanthropy in the Downturn features several models and examples of organizations working to increase food security for families. One local featured Model in Action, Philabundance, is convening a Hunger Symposium Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Philadelphia; Mariana Chilton, who also spoke at the Center’s Donor Education Seminar 2010, will serve on a panel discussing the effects of poverty on food need.

As the specter of possible future cuts in public programming looms, it is more urgent than ever to find the most effective models in working against food insecurity so that philanthropists can get “the biggest bang for the buck.” Donors can refer to the Center’s guide for models that are providing the greatest social impact in easing food poverty.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2011 5:20 am

    we should serve on a panel discussing the effects of poverty on food need……

  2. August 24, 2011 1:16 pm

    Yes…many Americans don’t realize that many children are experiencing hunger in the USA!

  3. August 24, 2011 9:18 pm

    I know, its really rare in which american children poverty is reflected in the media

  4. September 11, 2011 1:16 pm

    Thank you for this reminder. It makes me think of how close my children and I came to going hungry when my husband lost his job a few years ago. He was one of the lucky ones who found a job within 6 months. So many other American families haven’t been that lucky. I hope some good ideas to help families in poverty are generated at the symposium.

  5. October 19, 2011 7:20 am

    We see so much media coverage on third world countries where lack of food is a major problem. However, it’s rare that this is given much exposure closer to home! I really feel we should address and give greater coverage to issues here, as well as continuing to help others.

  6. how can I stop foreclosureAmanda permalink
    February 2, 2012 2:51 am

    Hopefully I am not sounding too negative, but one of the things that bothers me is that when we think of starving children, we almost never think of it as a domestic problem. Rather, our focus is on continents overseas.

    More exposure needs to be given to the problems of child hunger that our children are currently facing right here in the USA.

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