Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty

September 15, 2014 | General RCAP News

"When many people hear child poverty in America the first stereotype is an inner city child and discussions about solutions to poverty often focus on concentrated poverty in urban areas. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the plain truth is that child poverty is pervasive and affects children everywhere although we know it affects urban, suburban, and rural children in some ways differently. The Children's Defense Fund- Ohio (CDF-Ohio)'s new report 'Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind' shares findings often true for poor rural American children. As they say about Ohio's 190,000 poor rural children: 'These children go to bed hungry. Many of them live miles from the closest pediatrician, children's hospital, and other services. They need help– and it is a different king of help than what may be needed for children in Ohio's cities.'" .    .    .    .    .

Read the whole story from Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund here.

When many people hear child poverty in America the first stereotype is an inner city child and discussions about solutions to poverty often focus on concentrated poverty in urban areas. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the plain truth is that child poverty is pervasive and affects children everywhere although we know it affects urban, suburban, and rural children in some ways differently. The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-Ohio)’s new report “Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio’s Rural Children Behind” shares findings often true for poor rural American children. As they say about Ohio’s 190,000 poor rural children: “These children go to bed hungry. Many of them live miles from the closest pediatrician, children’s hospital, and other services. They need help — and it is a different kind of help than what may be needed for children in Ohio’s cities.” – See more at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/newsroom/child-watch-columns/child-watch-documents/HelpingChildreninHiddenRuralPoverty.html#sthash.UA4wryM2.dpuf