Just got off from a webinar with the Coalition on Human Needs. These are the folks on the front line of poverty programs, working tirelessly to keep the soup kitchens open, getting the kids on the School Lunch Program and feeding pregnant, economically distressed moms. And yes, part of the 47% who don’t pay taxes. [Those pesky, tax-avoiding toddlers!]
Click here to view some slides from the webinar. Now, I couldn’t edit them down to the exact details I want to share, BUT scroll down and some of the facts will knock your socks off.
Do you realize that Medicaid serves one-third of all children in the U.S.? The Fiscal Cliff toted in the press would cut Medicaid by one-third.
SNAP/food stamps served 46.6 million people. According to statistics from July 2012, nearly half of them children. Falling off the fiscal cliff would cut SNAP by $134 billion by 2022 possibly leading to 8 million people denied food aid. How many of them under the age of 12? Not sure, but I do know that 1 in 5 kids lives in poverty in the US and 1 out of 2 will be dependent on these food programs at some point of their lives.