- The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.'
- Part 1: Nearly Half Of Low-Income Kids Don't Eat Breakfast.
- Part 2: Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Nearly Half Of Low-Income Kids Don't Eat Breakfast.
Here's 1 Way To Fix That
Eleanor Goldberg, Huffington Post
02/16/2015 | Hunger is on the rise among children in the U.S., and though there are systems in place to make sure low-income kids are fed at school, a concerning number of struggling students aren’t eating breakfast.
One in five kids relied on food stamps last year, yet nearly half of low-income children didn’t sit down to the most important meal of the day, according to a recent report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).
Eleanor Goldberg is the Editor of HuffPost Impact.
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Part 2: Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America
Assistance to needy Americans has grown at a gallop since the mid-1980s, giving a hand up to the disabled, the working poor and married couples with children. At the same time, though, government aid directed at the nation’s poorest individuals has shrunk.
Patricia Cohen, New York (NY) Times
Charles Constance, 53, has been unable to find steady work. Until recently, he and his 9-year old son, Pablo, lived at a homeless shelter in New Orleans. Credit William Widmer for the New York Times
Feb. 16, 2015 | The safety net helped keep Camille Saunders from falling, but not Charles Constance.
The difference? Ms. Saunders has a job, and Mr. Constance does not. And therein lies a tale of a profound shift in government support for low-income Americans at a time when stagnating wages and unstable schedules have kept many workers living near or below the poverty line.
Patricia Cohen: I write about economics for the New York Times, and am the author of In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age.
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