Child poverty is an issue we can't ignore, especially in these difficult economic times when more and more families are facing tough decisions about what they can and cannot give their children. Do they pay for rent or food, shoes or heat, bus fare or medicine?
In the latest issue of OSV, writer Michelle Martin tackles this subject and looks at what Catholic agencies and individuals are doing to reverse the trend. The article is open to all readers, so you don't have to be an OSV subscriber to access it. (But while you're there why not sign up so you get print and online versions of the paper every week? To do that, click HERE.)
Stemming the rising tide of child povertyBy Michelle Martin
To grow up poor in the United States does not just mean going without material things, although poor children certainly do that. It also means going without things most families take for granted for their children: a safe way to get to and from schools, parents who are available and able to advocate for their children with school officials and to help them stay engaged in their studies, access to healthy food and the knowledge to choose a healthy diet. Continue reading...