Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 2009
Nearly half of all US children, including an overwhelming majority of black children, will eat meals at some point during their childhood paid for by food stamps, an indicator of poverty, a study showed Monday.
“If you get food stamps, you are by definition in poverty and your household doesn’t have many assets,” said Mark Rank, a co-author of the study with Thomas Hirschl of Cornell University.
“The fact that half of American children at some time during their childhood find themselves in this position really ought to be a wake-up call to America,” he told AFP.
The study found that 49.2 percent of all American children will at some point live in a home that receives food stamps.
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