October 2005


October 2005
Poverty in America

For decades, school nutrition professionals have served on the frontlines of helping the needy. As you probably can attest, some families can’t afford as much as 40 cents for a reduced-price school meal. Now, with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, poverty has entered the national media spotlight.

Most Americans who have the good fortune to live more-or-less middle-class lives recognize that poverty is a reality in this nation. As they struggle with their own budgets and bills, they recognize that their basic amenities may be luxuries to others. Despite what everyone does know about poverty, there’s a lot people don’t know.

In this month’s issue, School Foodservice & Nutrition provides a special, in-depth analysis of poverty in America. What are its causes--and solutions? How does the government define poverty? What can you do to help? Read “Poor in America?” to learn about the current face of poverty in America. “Hungry for the Truth” reveals misconceptions about the poor--and some surprising truths. In “Underprivileged and Overweight,” discover poverty’s impact on children’s diets. And “Pride Before Poverty?” brings the issue even closer to home, with sensitivity for co-workers who might be struggling to make ends meet.

Faced with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Americans are doubly inspired to assist those less fortunate. With resources, statistics, stories and tips, SF&N is at your side as you make a difference in children’s lives.

October 2005 coverHungry for the TruthMembers Only
How do your perceptions about poverty in America mesh with the facts?Unflattering assumptions about Americans living in poverty pervade our society. If you are poor and rely on some form of public assistance, you must be “lazy,” “a government freeloader,” “someone who refuses to work.” Are these conceptions fact or fiction?

Poor in America?Members Only
The United States may be one of the world’s richest nations, but poverty has a presence here. Most Americans who have the good fortune to live more-or-less middle-class lives recognize that poverty is a reality in America.

Pride Before Poverty?Members Only
Are co-workers in your school nutrition operation among America’s working poor?
Money is tight. You are making it from paycheck to paycheck, but in between, you watch every dime.

Underprivileged and OverweightMembers Only
Is poverty making kids fat?The blame game over childhood obesity continues to rage, as politicians, parents, the media and health experts point fingers at junk food manufacturers, advertisers, fastfood restaurants, fad diets and school vending machines.



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