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Kids in the News, September 13, 2011

Christina 09/13/11


In this week’s edition, rising hunger among children in the Tri-Cities is the outcome of a long recession; Medicaid’s future is still uncertain with a known children’s champion leading federal debt limit conversations;  and the U.S. Census Bureau reports that poverty has risen to 46.2 million. Also in the nation, African American families account for one quarter of the hunger-afflicted, as grandparents advocate for food stamps and school meals for their grandkids.

The number of hungry families in Washington double | KHQ News (NBC) | 09-12-2011
The U.S.D.A says the number of hungry families in Washington has doubled in the last few years, and the state now ranks as one of the hungriest in the nation. One in seven people in Benton and Franklin Counties struggle with hunger, 50 percent of those are children… Kathye Kilgore of 2nd Harvest says "the news wants you to believe that the Tri-Cities has been insulated. That we have not been impacted by the recession like the rest of the country. It's finally hit us." Kilgore says the demand for food may get even worse in the next few months.
Murray publicly neutral on cuts | The Seattle Times | 09-09-2011
The Washington Democrat ranks as one of Congress' most ardent champions of social programs for children, seniors, veterans, the unemployed and the poor.
Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6 | The Associated Press | 09-13-2011
The ranks of the nation's poor have swelled to a record 46.2 million - nearly 1 in 6 Americans - as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work. And the number without health insurance has reached 49.9 million, the most in over two decades.
Obama: Pay for jobs bill with taxes on the rich | USA Today (The Oval blog) | 09-12-2011
President Obama is again going after tax breaks for oil companies and the owners of corporate jets -- this time to help pay for his jobs bill. Eliminating provisions that help large corporations and upper-income Americans … are to be included as part of the financing plan for the $447 billion jobs plan Obama proposed last week, according to White House Budget Director Jacob Lew. "In the aggregate, these provisions actually raise $467 billion," said budget director Jack Lew, about $20 billion more than the anticipated cost of the jobs package. "Do we keep tax loopholes for oil companies, or do we put teachers back to work?" Obama said. "Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires -- or should we invest in education and technology and infrastructure?"
The Kids Count | | 09-10-2011
Short term, unemployment insurance is a key protector of kids and families when unemployment is as high as it is. The earned income tax credit, the child tax credit, these kinds of things help to supplement wages and keep kids out of poverty.
Supporting Grandparents Caring for Children | The Huffington Post | 09-09-2011
An increasing number of children are living in households headed by grandparents and other relatives, often ... sharing scarce resources due to the recession. Nearly 7.8 million children live in households headed by a grandparent or other relative. …Black children are twice as likely as all children to live with their grandparents or other relatives only ... keeping children safe and families together: children raised by relatives are more likely to be placed with siblings and less likely to lose touch with their cultural traditions and community connections. But this enormous responsibility can have many effects on caregivers’ own lives and financial stability…. Grandparent(s)... face barriers to participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) or qualifying their grandchildren for the National School Lunch Program. And while Social Security provides needed support for grandparents, grandchildren aren’t always eligible for benefits.
Report: A Quarter of African American Population Going Hungry | Bread Blog (Bread for the World | 09-07-2011
According to new hunger data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 25.1 percent of African-American households suffered from food insecurity in 2010. Among African-American households with children, the figure is much higher—nearly one in three. These figures remain higher than the general population and more than double those of non-Hispanic white households.“High rates of unemployment have made it difficult for many U.S. households to put food on the table—but communities of color continue to be disproportionately impacted,” said Rev. Derrick Boykin, associate for African American Leadership Outreach at Bread for the World.