The children going hungry in America
Child poverty in the US has reached record levels, with almost 17 million children now affected. A growing number are also going hungry on a daily basis.
Food is never far from the thoughts of 10-year-old Kaylie Haywood and her older brother Tyler, 12.
At a food bank in Stockton, Iowa, they are arguing with their mother over the 15 items they are allowed to take with them. There is little money to go shopping for extras.
Apple sauce is in, canned vegetables, tinned spaghetti, meatballs and ravioli might be.
But when Kaylie asks for ground beef, she is overruled as their motel room does not have a fridge to keep things fresh - just a sink filled with crushed ice. There's nowhere to cook, either.
It's not the first time that the family has struggled to get hold of the food they would like - or enough of it.
"We don't get three meals a day like breakfast, lunch and then dinner," says Kaylie. "When I feel hungry I feel sad and droopy."
Kaylie and Tyler live with their mother Barbara, who used to work in a factory. After losing her job, she was entitled to unemployment benefit and food stamps - this comes to $1,480 (£974) a month.
But they were no longer able afford to live in their house, which along with bills cost $1326 (£873) a month, leaving little for food or petrol.
Kaylie supplemented their income by collecting cans along the railway track near their old home - earning between two and five cents per can.
Tyler also helped out: "For mowing other people's lawns, I got $10 and I put in six of it for the gas, and gave the rest to my mum for some food."
Instead of shopping at the mall, Kaylie's clothes come from the Salvation Army shop where, to her embarrassment, 60-cent shirts are allowed, but those costing $2 are "too much".
One of their two dogs, Nala, has had to be taken to the pound to cut the bills further.
Rent on the motel room is around $700 (£460) a month, but trying to balance the budget has meant sacrifices.
Tyler says there are good days and bad days: "Sometimes when we have cereal we don't have milk - we have to eat it dry."
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I read the article and I am curious, are the numbers in the article right? Is really that many people affected?
Re: The children going hungry in America
Numbers and ages are moot. As a Country we need to help Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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