While searching the web this morning with my daily and very large cup of coffee, I came across something I found to be startling and quite sad. It is no surprise that I find family health and nutrition to be interesting, which is why I was so struck to see this article from Carolina Parent. It states that child poverty in our state has risen to its highest level in the past decade, and we now rank 38th in key indicators of adolescent health and well-bring (as opposed to 37th last year). Keep in mind, that means we are in the bottom 15 out of all the states!
“Looking to track the effect of the recession, the report this year includes two new indicators – the number of children impacted by foreclosure and households with at least one unemployed parent. In North Carolina 90,000, or 2 percent, of the state’s children were hurt by foreclosure since 2007. In 2010, an estimated 253,000, or 12 percent, of children in this state lived in households where there was at least one parent who was eligible for or seeking employment, but was unemployed at the time the data were collected.
Another troubling statistics was seen in the youngest children. The percentage of newborns weighing less than 2,500 grams (about 5.5 pounds) has been largely unchanged for most of the past decade.”
If these statistics hit home with you, I encourage you to utilize one (or a few) of the many services that TFS provides! These are just a few: Consumer Credit & Budget Counseling, HUD-Approved Housing Counseling, Financial Literacy Workshops, Emergency Housing Assistance. Check out our calendar for upcoming workshop dates.