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10 November 2004

Is this The World WE want to live in

Poverty Statistics

International

About 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes. Three-fourths of the deaths are children under the age of five. (United Nations)

Some 800 million people around the globe suffer from hunger and malnutrition. (United Nations)

More than 10 percent of children in developing countries die before the age of five. (CARE)

2.8 billion people live on less that $2 a day, and 1.2 billion people live on less than $1 a day. (World Food Program)

In the next 25 years, an estimated 2 billion people will be added to the world's population--almost all of them in developing countries. (World Food Program)

United States

Nearly 35 million Americans live in hungry or food insecure households. (Tufts University)

A survey of 29 major cities found that emergency food requests are up 16 percent. One in five requests for food can not be filled.

About 40 percent of the households needing food assistance are working families. (Second Harvest)

An estimated 1.1 million senior adults skip meals because there is no food in the house. (Urban Institute)

About 8.6 million children belong to working poor families. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Where are the huge protest marches anti-poverty, anti-hunger?

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