Children without a home: a 60 Minutes story
March 9, 2011
“…It is estimated the poverty rate for kids in this country will soon hit 25 percent. Those children would be the largest American generation to be raised in hard times since the Great Depression.” This 60 Minutes news introduction prefaced the story of Orlando families that found themselves homeless due to unemployment over the last few years.
Nearly 8 million jobs were lost between December, 2007 and June, 2009. These losses have dissolved the line that may have existed between middle-income and low-income individuals. Hard working Americans saw their savings dwindle, debt default and homes foreclose. Entire families were forced to live in shelters, motels and even their cars. Many of them turned to Feeding America food banks for emergency food assistance for the first time in their lives.
It is heart-breaking to imagine young children without a permanent place to call home, but the economic downturn has made this a dreadful reality. As 60 Minutes revealed, 2 million more children live in poverty today than before the Great Recession.
With 1 in 4 children now struggling with hunger, never in the history of Feeding America has hunger-relief been of so much importance. Nearly 14 million children rely on our network for the nutritious food they need during tough times. Our Kids Cafes and BackPack Programs help get food to those children that need it the most. We hope to one day serve all children struggling with hunger, to tend to those whose lives have changed so much over the last few years.
Take some time to watch this 60 Minutes episode to get some moving accounts of how hunger is affecting our most vulnerable generation.