Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Washington, DC, Has Third-Highest Poverty Rate

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released its state poverty data. Sadly, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty, and our nation’s capital has the third-highest poverty rate in the country, at 19.2 percent. What's worse is more than 30 percent of Washington, DC’s children live in poverty, and about one-third are hungry and live in homes where they don’t get enough to eat.

I know a lot about hunger--I can recite hunger statistics with the same smoothness a songstress can belt out a tune.  I know that around the world, the pain of hunger is felt more by black and brown children. I know a lot about hunger because I get paid to know about hunger--it’s my job. I know a group of high school boys who also know a lot about hunger in the nation’s capital, and they’re doing something about it.

Watch their video above. (Video may take some time to load.)

Racine Tucker-Hamilton is media relations manager at Bread for the World.


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God calls us clearly to share our food with the hungry. To do so, we may have to sometimes go without--an ancient practice called fasting that few Christians today practice. Isaiah 58 calls us to fast so that we can help those in need, feed those who are hungry. A great resource on what the church can do to end hunger (and extreme poverty that causes it) is Fast Living by Dr. Scott C. Todd. I highly recommend it. http://live58.org

Seriously alarming in a city with so much to share.

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