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America's Children In Poverty

Among the 21 most affluent nations, the United States has the highest percentage of poor children. In fact, our rate is twice that of the country next in line.


Too many young Americans go to bed with empty stomachs. They also wake up to seemingly hopeless futures: school problems, unemployment, welfare, gangs, drugs and crime. Children of poverty are more likely to suffer young and violent deaths.


Mentally and physically malnourished for the first five years of their lives, they are unable to keep up in class.


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Taken on June 4, 2008