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Special Interest As children growing up we learn to fight hunger from our parents and schools The schools would announce a hunger drive typically around the holidays and parents would give their children a couple of cans of corn to bring to school and for most of us that was the extent of our contribution to the fight against hunger We need to do more The fight against hunger should not stop within the walls of our schools It begins with each individual person one can at a time and with the help of communities around the nation we can achieve the fight against hunger Approximately 162 of children in the US live in poverty US Census Bureau Poverty in the United States 2000 Current Population Reports September 2001 The US child poverty rate is higher than that of most other industrialized nations In 2000 slightly more than half of all food stamp recipients were children About 68 of these children were school age Most of the food stamp households with children were headed by single adults with half of these households receiving cash assistance in addition to food stamp benefits United State Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Characteristics of Food Stamp Households Fiscal Year 2000 October 2001 The target demographic area of this report is in the state of Connecticut According to the US Census Bureau the Percent of Persons in Poverty by in the state of Connecticut in 2000 2001 and 2002 is a follows 2000 - 2001 2-year average75 2001 - 2002 2-year average78 2000 - 2002 3-year average78 Arkansas was listed as the highest at 18 the lowest is New Hampshire at 56 Democratic Process The Connecticut Public Interest Research Group ConnPIRG is a special interest group that ConnPIRG is actively involved in issues from global warming to endangered species from the escalating cost and declining quality of health care to the plight of
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