Half of U.S. Kids Use Food Stamps Before Age 20

Mark R. Rank of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis co-authored a study analyzing the financial circumstances of U.S. kids (ages 1-20) over a period of 30 years. Key findings include:

  • 49% of all U.S. kids will be in a household that uses food stamps at some point during their childhood.
    >> 90% of black kids
    >> 37% of white kids
    >> 91% of kids in single-parent homes
    >> 37% of kids in married homes
  • Nearly 25% of all U.S. kids will be in households that use food stamps for 5+ years during childhood.
  • 97% of U.S. kids by age 10 who are black and whose head of household is not married with less than 12 years of education reside in a food stamp household.

Even limited exposure to poverty can have detrimental effects upon a child’s overall quality of health and well-being.
– Mark R. Rank :: George Warren Brown School of Social Work


While these findings encompass decades of ups and downs, do not forget that current food stamp usage is at record levels (10%+ of the total U.S. population). Simultaneously, 80% of food banks can not meet demand (based on May ‘09 research).

Churches can help fight this hunger.

(via USA Today)

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by Kent Shaffer
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