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New Report: 26% of North Carolina’s children live in poverty

Posted By Clayton Henkel On July 22, 2014 @ 12:51 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a sobering look at how children are faring in North Carolina.

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book [1], which looks at 16 separate factors, ranks our state 38th in overall economic well-being, 28th in education, and 32nd in health.

KIDS-COUNTpoverty-graphic1 [2]

Source: KIDS COUNT Data book http://www.aecf.org

The annual report concludes:

‘Although unemployment is slowly declining, job growth has been concentrated in low-wage sectors and in nonstandard employment that tends to be less stable and offer few or no benefits, such as health insurance and paid sick leave.

A stronger labor market and an increase in job quality, along with continued efforts to boost the education and training levels of low-income parents, would help to further reduce child poverty.’

In North Carolina, 26% of children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the new report.

Locally, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle [3] is working to help address this problem by creating long-term solutions to hunger for North Carolina’s low-income families.  To learn more about this week’s special HungerFreeNC [4] community movement, click here [4].

Hear more about food insecurity from the Food Shuttle’s executive director Jill Bullard on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon [5].

Also be sure to watch Thursday’s documentary “Hungry for Answers” [6] at 7:00 p.m. on WRAL-TV.

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URLs in this post:

[1] KIDS COUNT Data Book: http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-2014kidscountdatabook-2014.pdf

[2] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/KIDS-COUNTpoverty-graphic1.jpg

[3] Inter-Faith Food Shuttle: http://foodshuttle.org/

[4] HungerFreeNC: https://secure3.4agoodcause.com/food-shuttle/gift-hunger-free.aspx?id=3

[5] News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/06/03/inter-faith-food-shuttles-jill-bullard-discusses-food-insecurity-and-the-2014-map-the-meal-gap-study/

[6] “Hungry for Answers”: http://www.wral.com/wral-documentary-hungry-for-answers/13810569/

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