Mother Teresa once said: "Live simply so others may simply live. You can be part of the solution in addressing poverty in America by choosing to live simpler and by acting in hope.
A FEW FACTS:
· 1 in 6 Americans or nearly 46.2 million Americans live in poverty.
· 1.6 million children stayed in a shelter or emergency housing last year.
· 1 in 7 Americans are food insecure.
Food security is defined as people having access at all times to secure enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity exists whenever people go to bed hungry. Statistics can overwhelm and hinder us from doing anything, yet we can make a difference if we have hope. Suze Orman, TV host, and financial advisor, offers this insight, "To come out of poverty, you also need hope. You need to believe that you can come out of poverty. If one person can make a move towards it and helps lift everybody else out, then you start to get the solidarity. Be a message of hope - choose at least one way to address poverty, and simplify your life. Support your public library which serves as a community center and resource for people who are homeless. Contact with your local food banks and shelters.
Here are some other resources with helpful information:
|According to the World Bank, almost half the world - over three billion people - live on less than $2.50 a day. |
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
Here in America, 35.9 million people live below the poverty line, including 12.9 million children according to the US Census Bureau.
The poorest people have less access to clean water, nutrition, health care, education, shelter and clothing.
One of the primary themes of Catholic Social Teaching is the option for the poor. The Office for Social Justice explains this principle as such: "The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation. We are called to look at public policy decisions in terms of how they affect the poor."
The poorest are also often marginalized from society - giving them little representation or voice in public and political debates. As Franciscans, we are compelled to care for our sisters and brothers who struggle to break the cycle of poverty, by advocating to bring about changes at the state, federal, and global level. We continue to work to eliminate the root causes of poverty in order to eliminate need both home and abroad.
Every Thursday from 12noon-1pm the Clinton Franciscans distribute sack lunches to the hungry in our community in three locations:
5th Ave. S. and 1st
The Regency Inn
Human Services Building (in back)
20th Ave. North
To donate food items or volunteer contact Lori at 563-242-7611 or email@example.com
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