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Published Date: Monday 17 February 2020 - 09:19:26
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11 million American children face hunger; US Congresswoman

11 million American children face hunger; US Congresswoman
World  - 11 million children in the U.S., a nation of tremendous wealth, face the kind of hunger I experienced in a refugee camp in Kenya, tweeted Ilhan Omar, the Somali-born Democrat from Minnesota.

She added that It's unacceptable that our students go hungry and into debt for not having lunch money'.

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) reported last April that about 13 million American children are living in homes with incomes below the poverty line, depriving many of a decent education and proper nutrition, and putting them at risk of homelessness and violence. Two-thirds of those living in poverty are children of colour.

The organisation calls for sweeping action by Washington. It said that a combination of more than doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour within five years, increased tax credits and widening childcare subsidies would cut child poverty by more than half. Increasing access to housing subsidies to low-income families on less than 150% of the poverty level of $25,100 a year for a family of four, would alone lift 2 million children out of poverty.

 

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Published Date: Monday 17 February 2020 - 09:19:26
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