Thursday, December 28 2017 14:19

January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month

In spite of the seemingly limitless prosperity that many Americans enjoy, millions of others are going hungry, foregoing medical care, doing without winter coats and gloves, struggling to break free from poverty.  Poverty in America not only affects the millions of people who are deprived of the common necessities to live, but it also affects the idea of progression and hopefulness in this country.

The more than 37 million Americans living in squalor, poverty, and hunger are not invisible.  Today, 13 million children -- 1 in 6 -- live in poverty. Yet a recent Gallup poll found that only 5% of Americans believe poverty and homelessness are important problems for the country.

To bring attention to this forgotten state, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has designated January as Poverty in America Awareness Month.  During National Poverty in America Awareness Month, non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals alike come together to combat poverty.  Contact Southwest Georgia Community Action Council to find out how you can get more involved in helping reduce poverty in America!

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
–Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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