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Census Bureau Releases Poverty Data

Philadelphia, September 12, 2012 – Today, the United States Census Bureau released annual data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage.  The data included indicators that children remain particularly vulnerable. One out of four children under the age of five (25.1 percent), live in poverty. Furthermore, 12.3 percent, or 2.45 million children under 5 are living in extreme poverty, at or below 50 percent of the federal poverty level.


Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service released the annual report on food security in the United States.  In the U.S. 14.9% of households were food insecure, meaning 1 out of every 6 households did not have access to enough food for an active and healthy life. 


Barbie Izquierdo and Mariana Chilton were invited to the White House to join a group of national anti-hunger advocates to talk about how the new film “A Place at the Table” could help to energize a national movement to end hunger in the US.  See FreeThinking for more.


Did you miss our Beyond Hunger Conference in May 2012? See our Conference Snapshot and other video clips from the conference on our website. These videos highlight key topics explored through the lived experiences of those who are experiencing hunger and poverty firsthand. 


Check out the latest blog by Drexel's own Dr. Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH. This entry talks about the economic burden of malnutrition from childhood to adulthood, with a focus on its impact in the Philadelphia region in particular. Dr. Yudell discusses a recent longitudinal study of malnourished children in Barbados, and the parallel of food insecurity here in the United States.



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