Want to add a half trillion dollars to the economy? Just eliminate childhood poverty.
We’ve fallen so far behind in poverty that we rank among third-world countries, not first.
Where are America’s poor? How old are they? How do we compare in the world?
Hunger is real in the United States. Hunger leads to higher costs of public education, higher costs for avoidable health issues, and loss of economic activity. That cost is $165 billion, on top of the $90 billion paid in food stamps each year.
The Food Bank of North Carolina turns 97 cents of every donation into food. Read about the program in this article.
Look at the graph of children in need of school support for food in one North Carolina County, just an hour from the capital.
Sources for graphics: Unicef, OECD, Northwestern University, U.S. Census and the World Economic Forum.