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I don't have the statistics on other places, so a little US Centric, but if it's that much in the US [Aug. 19th, 2005|08:43 pm]
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13 million children in the United States live in households that must skip meals due to economic restraints.
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From: bonita_chiquita
2005-08-19 06:45 pm (UTC)
I use to be in one of those households.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-19 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's a "use" to be. We were close a few times.
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From: bonita_chiquita
2005-08-19 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yea we definitely sometimes get close but somehow we always get blessed
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-19 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: benneh_boy3
2005-08-19 06:54 pm (UTC)
Theres a big government thing going on here to give kids who don't eat breakfast at home, their brekky at school.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-19 07:13 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. I hope that spreads all over.
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[User Picture]From: snapes_mistress
2005-08-19 07:06 pm (UTC)
Have you ever read the book Nickel and Dimed? Or one called The Working Poor in America? Both are really good. Your post made me think of them.

It's so sad to think about. When I was growing up, we were certainly on the verge of being that poor. Luckily, I never went without food, but it sure was hard for my mom to feed two kids and her mother on a single, minimum-wage income. Thinking about that, and about others who have it worse, makes me appreciate everything I have now.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-19 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have not read either, but I have written both titles down and will look intot hem eventuially. I have a bunch of books friends have borrowed me that I need to get back to them sometime here. :) You know how it goes.

And I know. What makes me angry is when I see those poor kids that are just in ripped filthy clothes, and shoes with holes in them, and just emaciated, and you see their Mom with her salon hair, and designer handbag and heels, and their Dad (if he's still around) with his super expensive nike's or whatever, and rolex or what not. Pisses me of SOOO much.
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[User Picture]From: snapes_mistress
2005-08-19 07:24 pm (UTC)
Me, too.
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From: greensmock
2005-08-19 08:18 pm (UTC)
In Canada we were supposed to have eradicated child poverty by the year 2000... there were all sorts of programs and drives and things. But it didn't work, and now everyone seems to have lost interest, although swimming and literacy programs for children have really picked up in the last couple of years (swimming programs because of a rash of drownings among immigrant children who couldn't afford lessons; literacy programs mostly in the more secluded native communities, with hopes of lowering the suicide rates).

A school dinner program like the one in Britain might be a nice idea -- I'm sure it would help the problem, at least a bit.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-20 08:26 pm (UTC)
Definitely.
I'm glad that literacy and swimming rates are up. That's awesome.
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From: nyguen9
2005-08-19 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's me this month. My loan check won't come in til the 24th. I'm kinda getting tired of canned refried beans and rice, salad, and chicken pot pies.

Never thought I would have to think of milk as a splurge.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-20 08:28 pm (UTC)
But do you have kids in your household?
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From: nyguen9
2005-08-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
I count myself as a kid.

But I didn't mean all that as whiny it sounded. I still have it ok, even if all I have is beans and rice at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-21 07:43 pm (UTC)
I just don't think that statistic counts teens or 20 something's on their own, or it would be a looooot higher.
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2005-08-20 07:06 am (UTC)
fuuuck! thats terrible! screw the war on terrorism, why dont we help the people here with those bilions of dollars a week.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-20 08:41 pm (UTC)
And htat's an old statistic. With the price of gas the way it is, it's probably worse now.
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From: m_buggie
2005-08-20 09:10 am (UTC)
We can spend money on research and development for a new fighter jet but we can't feed a hungry child.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-21 07:27 pm (UTC)
Exactly!

Why feed a hungry child? Then they'll just live to be on welfare.
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