According to Dosomething.org, over 50 million people in the United States live and grow up in poverty. More than 30 million children in the U.S. are growing up in poverty.
One major area where poverty impacts children is education. This impacts every aspect of a child’s life. For example in one low-income community, there is one book, for every 300 children. Imagine 300 kids sharing one book. They would not be able to read or learn. Most children that live in poverty are more likely to skip school or drop out of school in order to work to provide for their other family members. School drop-out rates from ages 15 to 26 have tremendously since 2010 because of how fast poverty is growing in the United States. Almost Over 40% of children that live in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling and to go on to middle school and high x school. By the end of fourth grade, low-incomes students are 2 years behind. By their senior year in high school, they are almost four years behind their peers in school learning.
Another major impact of poverty is access to adequate quality. At public schools, when your family is below the poverty line, your family gets free lunch. The reason why the family is allowed to qualify free lunch is because they don’t have enough for everything and the school allows that to happen, the percentage of freed school lunches has gone up tremendously compared to 2005 to now. The actual poverty rate in public schools in America is 22%. Reduced or free lunches in public schools is often used as a proxy measure for the students living in poverty. The percentage is growing fast. The national school lunch program provided meals for 30 million children each day in school in 2012. A student from a household with an income at or below 130 percent of the poverty income threshold is eligible for free lunch.