Poverty at Our Doorstep

Authors: Ronald C. Hamdy, MD, FRCP, FACP


It is difficult to imagine what it must be like to regularly go to bed hungry because of one's inability to pay for food. It is even more difficult to imagine what it must be like to put one's children to bed, knowing that they are hungry and that there is no hope; tomorrow will be the same, as will the following day, and the day after. There is no way out. It must be very difficult to accept that, barring a miracle, the financial situation will only get worse with time. Yet for 12.6% (37 million) of the nation's people, this is an everyday situation.1

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1. U.S. Census Bureau News. Income Climbs, Poverty Stabilizes, Uninsured Rate Increases. Available at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/007419.html. Accessed August 7, 2007.
2. United States Department of Agriculture: Food and Nutrition Service. National School Lunch Program. Available at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/lunch/. Accessed August 7, 2007.