Child Poverty

As we continue into the fall with many still facing hardship as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, here is a list of the unemployment benefits related to coronavirus that are available to workers.  These benefits are for those who lost their jobs, lost hours on their job, or are infected with coronavirus or are essential to family members who have this virus. The first major unemployment relief allocation was a $600 weekly check starting in April of 2020 for read more…

Posted: September 19, 2020 in: Child Poverty

What are we doing to feed our children while more than 10.6 million more workers were unemployed in July 2020 than in March 2020? More workers than ever are facing a cutback in their hours.  Partial success: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has heeded the anti-hunger, education, youth-serving communities’ and bi-partisan call to extend waivers for critical child nutrition programs that ensure the growing number of children at risk of hunger can get the nutrition they need. This extension read more…

Posted: September 15, 2020 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty

During these challenging times, we’ve rounded up a handful of resources for Nahant area residents in need of a little extra help to feed and support their families. We’ve also listed ways you can help these organizations continue to operate and support the wellbeing of children and families in our community. My Brother’s Table at 98 Willow Street in Lynn MA offers free prepared meals to go during the week from 12:00 to 4:30 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays a read more…

Posted: April 20, 2020 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Homelessness

During these challenging times, we’ve rounded up a handful of resources for Taunton-area residents in need of a little extra help to feed and support their families. We’ve also listed ways you can help these organizations continue to operate and support the wellbeing of children in our community. Taunton Area Community Table (TacT) | 378 Bay Street, Taunton, MA TacT is still open to families for a new Grab & Go meal service. Their current hours are 11:15am–12:30pm Monday–Thursday. They read more…

Posted: April 20, 2020 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Homelessness

Did you know that food stamps provide 10 times the relief offered by local food pantries? Both are necessary to feed families dependent on the minimum wage. Now–more than ever–we need to do our part to ensure resources are accessible to families who have been financially devastated by the global health crisis we are currently facing. We urge you to please call your federal legislators and ask them to support Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Leader Schumer in making food stamps a priority read more…

Posted: April 13, 2020 in: Action Alerts, Child Hunger, Child Poverty

Today’s children face multiple stresses surrounding separation from family and community. This separation in and of itself is very stressful. The reasons for the separation are also stressful, and may include: Parent(s) who are addicted to opioids or substances causing them to neglect their children. Based on data from 2014 and earlier, about 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Parent(s) who read more…

Around 1.4 million U.S. students between the ages of 6-18 are homeless, and every year approximately 1 million babies, toddlers and preschoolers also experience homelessness. The definition of homelessness is divided into those who are sheltered and those who are not. Thankfully, the majority of children are in sheltered situations. The extent of homelessness nationally and in each state is described here. Homelessness is a public health crisis and there is a significant negative impact of homelessness on children’s mental read more…

Posted: September 13, 2019 in: Child Health Care, Child Poverty, Homelessness

On August 7, 2019, ICE officials raided several food plants in Mississippi in the largest single raid of its kind in U.S. history.  Many of the individuals detained were parent(s) and some will never be reunited with their children. What happens to children when parent(s) are no longer at home to care for them? There are many complicated possibilities for where a child will end up if his or her parent(s) are detained. The best case scenario is when a read more…

Posted: August 9, 2019 in: Child Poverty, Childcare, Immigration

    Homelessness in America is not what you might think it is.  In the U.S.A. 2.5 million children experience homelessness each year. By law, a person qualifies as homeless if they lack “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” (McKinney Vento Act). A person does not need to be “unsheltered” to qualify as homeless and experience the pervasive negative impacts of this experience. If you are asked to envision a homeless person in your mind, you may conjure up read more…

Posted: August 1, 2019 in: Child Poverty, Homelessness

.   “Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors, meaning they are not part of a family or accompanied by a parent or guardian. On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness.” – National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) | Youth Homelessness Overview     Though we often consider our society to be quite progressive, the statistics of homeless children and teenagers is a testament read more…

Posted: June 24, 2019 in: Child Poverty, Childcare, Criminal Justice Reform


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