Stat of the day:

Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say. . . .

The authors say it’s a medical issue pediatricians need to be aware of because children on food stamps are at risk for malnutrition and other ills linked with poverty. . . .

The analysis is in line with other recent research suggesting that more than 40 percent of U.S. children will live in poverty or near-poverty by age 17; and that half will live at some point in a single-parent family. Also, other researchers have estimated that slightly more than half of adults will use food stamps at some point by age 65.

Source: AP/San Francisco Chronicle

In a sense this isn’t surprising, and I’m glad the safety net of food stamps even exists, but the 90 caught my attention. What are we doing? Will we ever close these gaps?

4 thoughts on “90

  1. Aside from the appalling statistic (90%–OMM!) it’s sad to think that food stamps aren’t serving the purpose they were designed for. During the recession in the mid 70s, my dad was out of work for a fairly long stretch and my mother swears that we ate better with food stamps than we ever did. The 4 food groups, as we adhered to then, were well covered apparently.

    I’m glad food stamps are available too, I just wish they covered more…

    Thoughtful thoughts there, WW. Thanks

  2. thx for writing Wendy (i think Nov is my new fav. month-i love reading your posts)! I have hope for our future – the dawn of justice is almost upon us.

    Nevertheless, I find myself discouraged and angered by our society left wondering when ppl will wake up, when the privileged will share their power and live uncomfortably for the benefit of all humankind (and the dogs, birds, fish, turtles, trees, shrubs, rivers, and streams) (:

    For me, what is most troubling about the stats that you kindly shared is that though our culture has shifted overtime, the poverty line, created in the 60s, has not adequately adjusted to keep up with current demands – thus excluding many ppl from assistance and providing those who can obtain assistance with only minimum amounts of resources, nothing of real significance. well, that and that mainstream American ideology still believes that our status in society is what we earn, not connected to birthing rights of race, class, and gender, and those who qualify for assistance are lazy and need to try harder. psh! looking forward to the dawn of justice! ~Kenzle K :)

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