By Juliana Schlosser, Grade 7
The number of people suffering from poverty and neglect is increasing by the day. According to the city, there have been 47,916 documented occurrences of homelessness in just August alone. This is only counting New York. One in every six children has been reported to be living in poverty. Many community members, including myself, know that something must be done to address this issue. It’s incredibly distressing to see so many individuals in need go unnoticed. There are ways to put a halt to this. You can give clothes, blankets, hygiene products, and other items if you want to contribute. The homeless will greatly appreciate it. Churches may occasionally do toy and, or food drives, so be on the lookout for any opportunities to donate through the church.
If you want to contribute, even more, consider volunteering in a soup kitchen near you. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or adult. However, if you are an adult, please make every effort to volunteer to the best of your ability. Soup kitchens are extremely helpful to the needy and homeless. Listed here are several websites with excellent information on where you can volunteer. nycfoodpolicy.org is a fantastic website that provides information on locating volunteer opportunities in New York City. They also offer a lot of food-related content if you’re interested in it. Brightest.io also offers many locations to volunteer. It is never too late to volunteer or donate! Most shelters and soup kitchens are open throughout the year. Remember, every little bit counts. \
The majority of poor people are children. A third of the poor in developing countries are aged 12 and under. Every day, nearly 22,000 children die as a result of poverty.
Did you know that children aged five and under have a higher poverty rate than other children? Poverty affects 15.5 percent of children under the age of five, 14.9 percent of children aged 6 to 11, and 12.9 percent of those aged 12 to 17. One in every ten children lives in a high-poverty neighborhood.
Poverty affects 9.2 percent of the world’s population. Many people have been impoverished as a result of Covid-19. According to statistics, 97 million people are now living in poverty. When it comes to donating to the poor, many people of color in our community face discrimination and are overlooked. Native Americans are, unfortunately, the most disadvantaged race in terms of poverty, according to statistics. A pie chart depicting these statistics is included below. Hopefully, you can see how poverty affects the world and are persuaded to help this cause.