Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Almost half of US children are on food stamps

What we find interesting about the following story is that it is on the EU News Wire instead of an American source. A new study has found that 49% percent of American children live in a household that uses food stamps. We're assuming that this is at one point in the childhood, and not throughout.

From this story that we found at Official Wire, we read more statistics from the study conducted at Washington University.

"Food stamp use is a clear sign of poverty and food insecurity, two of the most detrimental economic conditions affecting a child's health," Mark R. Rank, a poverty expert at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, says in a statement.

The substantial risk of a child being in a family that uses food stamps is consistent with a wider body of research demonstrating U.S. children face considerable economic risk throughout their childhood years.

-- 90 percent of black children and 37 percent of white children will be in a household that uses food stamps.

-- Nearly one-quarter of all American children will be in households that use food stamps for five or more years during childhood.

-- 91 percent of children with single parents will be in a household receiving food stamps, compared to 37 percent of children in married households.

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