Essay on Poverty in America: Hungry Children
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The United States is known as a the wealthiest country on the planet. There are many poor people in this country that can't afford to buy food for their families; many are homeless. “While hunger affects people of all ages, it's particularly devastating for children even short-term episodes of hunger can cause lasting damage" (“Child Nutrition Programs"). Child hunger in the United States is caused by poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, and food shortage; however there are many solutions to this problem like FRAC strategies, food banks, summer feeding programs, and backpack feeding programs.
Poverty is one of the main causes of child hunger. Most people that live in poverty can't afford to buy food. All the…show more content…
Another effect is that health care is expensive. For kids that don't get to eat have bad health. Their parents can't afford to take them to the doctor to get them better ("Hunger and Food"). Another reason kids live in poverty and go hungry is their parents don't have a high paying job. This is caused by the education level. Parents can only get a minimum wage job with their skills and education level. This is not enough money to support a family with kids. “The Southern Education Foundation found that, for the first time in 40 years, the majority of public school students in 13 southern and four western states are living at poverty levels” ("Rising Child Poverty"). The wages are decreasing for the less educated, for families with kids this is very bad. This is how families end up in poverty. Another effect is when kids are hungry they don't do as will in school. They can’t pay attention and learn. This means they don't have the required skills to get a job ("Rising Child Poverty").
Another cause for child hunger is unemployment. Many parents have lost their jobs due to the recession. Just like people that live in poverty, parents don't have enough money for bills and food costs. In some cases, there is a choice that has to be made between paying bills and buying food. This causes parents to fight about money problems and this effect kids because they feel stressed ("Hungry Kids"). The next cause of child hunger is food insecurity. Families
Welfare Causes Poverty in America Essay
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There seems to be an increase in poverty in the United States and there are so many theories behind why this might be a problem. It seems as if Society as a whole wants to blame this social “condition” on Society itself. I believe that the problem of poverty lies within the actual individuals that are experiencing poverty. There are a few reasons why people experience poverty. They are as follows: One, the liberal welfare programs that were started in the 1960’s, two, individuals lack the characteristic of power and individuality, three, anti-social behavior and the idea that poverty passes from one generation to the next. The liberal welfare programs were started in the 1960s to help individuals obtain better job skills by…show more content…
It seems as if they were unable to say no to the provided or shall I say free support and unable to say yes to the ability to gain and be able to support their selves. It was so much easier to have someone to do it for them. Not only did they lack integrity but they lacked the power and confidence needed to make it on their own. These individuals knew that the government has been and will continue to support them so they became even lazier. These individuals became lazy and began to involve themselves with only individuals of the sort, which developed into anti- social behavior. Once the anti-social behavior sets in we can’t train these individuals to assimilate into society, we can’t train these people to be like you and me. We can’t train these people to be normal. I classify normal as someone who is willing to support or at least try to support themselves on a regular basis. If I can work to support me, my family and “you” why can’t you work to support “you”, this includes your family also. Children are indeed a product of their environment.
Being a product of your environment can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing depending on your environment. In the eyes of poverty I do believe that it is a bad thing because poverty seems to be passed on from generation to generation. You can’t expect the next generation to be any better than the last when they aren’t able