September 23, 2016

Impossible Choices

By David Elliot, Coalition on Human Needs

Of course we know that hunger exists in America – and that an estimated 15.3 million children in our country, or one in five, live in a household where there is a real risk they will go hungry.

Often studies of childhood hunger involve very young children – up to five years of age, for example, and the very real problems these children will experience later in life if deprived of food at an early age.

But what hasn’t been studied as much is the problem, and effect, of hunger on teenagers – and what teenagers will do to avoid it.

Until now.

Impossible Choices, a groundbreaking study conducted by the Urban Institute with support from Feeding America, finds that teens are exchanging sex for food, selling drugs, joining gangs, shoplifting, figuring out ways to be fed by friends’ families, and saving their school lunches so that they will have something to eat at night. For the full article, click here.

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