In the past ten years, the number of children categorized as poor, has risen almost twenty percent. The number of children that are apart of low-income housing grew little more than ten percent. In order to fall upon low-income household, a family of four would financially need to gross just about fifty grand or less. Families of four that bring in twenty-five grand or less a year are technically considered the poor. Extreme poverty defines the families that make less than twelve thousand dollars a year.
One simple fact that is hard for some to digest, is that if your born into poverty you have a very high likelihood to remain in poverty. Study after study has connected growing up with poverty and negative outcomes such as; skipping class more, mental imbalances, less confidence and higher likelihood of self guidance toward drugs and crime. The availability of free food at schools for the kids of poverty is a great thing. Sometimes this food is all a child or student may have to nourish themselves. During long breaks such as winter break and spring break some of the more poor will experience slight starvation sensations while at home.