3.2 Million Americans Are Living in Extreme Poverty

Too many Americans are living in extreme poverty. This is why Operation Warm is committed to its mission to help children in need.

Poverty is in the news every day. But one piece of today’s news is especially important: fighting poverty here in the United States is perhaps more important than fighting poverty around the world.

The Opinion Piece Heard ‘Round The Country

Today, Nobel laureate and Princeton economics professor Angus Deaton’s opinion piece revealed that he had always considered his international donations to be more ethical, because of the extreme poverty he understood to exist in other countries. But he now recognizes a painful truth: Americans are living in extreme poverty.

We believe that Dr. Deaton may be right when he says that the World Bank’s extreme poverty statistics “suggest that we might rethink how we assist the poor through our own giving.” Giving to our fellow citizens simply recognizes that there is a real need right here in America. The reality is that our own citizens are living in extreme poverty, and each of us has a responsibility to make a change.

The Reality of How Americans Are Living in Extreme Poverty

The World Bank estimates that 3.2 million Americans are living in extreme poverty that is, living on less than $1.90 per day or $694 per year. For a family of four, that’s $2,776 per year. How does a family live on just $2,776 per year? How does this American family give their children what they need? The numbers tell us that this is just not possible.

(For a visual reality check, visit Poverty USA’s Poverty Tour)

What Operation Warm is Doing to Relieve American Poverty

Operation Warm works every day to counter on of the most unforgiving hardships of childhood poverty in America: the lack of adequate winter clothing. We provide brand new winter coats to the children who need them most, because we believe that every child, regardless of circumstance, deserves their own brand new coat.

Maybe we can’t eliminate American poverty, but we can give American children the warmth, hope and self-esteem that brand new coats provide.

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