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ABC News Covers Hunger at Home
For the 14.3 percent of Americans living in poverty, every day is a struggle. Walking down the grocery store aisles becomes an anxiety-ridden task of calculations, cost comparisons, and hand wringing as they try to stretch every dollar to put food on their tables. Unfortunately, hunger in America is a growing epidemic. Consider the numbers:
- In 2009, 14.3 percent of Americans were in poverty, the highest percentage since 1994.
- Nearly one in four children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, one in three children is at risk of hunger.
- In most areas, a family needs to earn twice the poverty line of $21,756 for a family of four to provide children with basic necessities.
This past Wednesday, ABC News launched a series of reports entitled Hunger at Home: Crisis in America, to explore the effects of the growing number of homeless and poor people in our nation and to put names and faces to the statistics above. They shared the story of Pat Jurado, a mother of two boys, Sebastian and Aiden, who moved her family from New Jersey to North Carolina in search of work. Unable to find a job, she and her husband found themselves homeless for the first time.
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