Mini Hunger Course
Social Causes of Hunger
There are three main social factors that affect hunger:
- Family Stresses
The family is the primary social instutuion of any society. It plays a key role in
producing a positive self image in children. Encouraging and helping them with education
and other challenges, getting them prepared and eager to make a contribution. Without
a stong family children can grow up in an environment of despair and hopelessness.
Which can lead directly into poverty.
Family Economic Stresses
Economic hardship can be a major stress on a family, threatening to tear it apart.
Real wages have been declining for the past 20 years, so that even having a job may
be insufficient to get a family out of poverty:
- A full time minimun wage job provides around $12,000 a year, this is not enough to
lift a family of 4 out of poverty.
- 2/3 of poor families have at least one working member (usually part time/part year)
Many workers are not covered, their children are
A vital need but can be beyond the
reach of many poor families.
Single parent families
for one person to balance the needs of income earning and child rearing by themselves.
Children raised in single parent household are more likely to be poor and remain
poor when they grow up. Child support enforcement, child care, and health care are
vital needs for these families.
In the past the family was an economic
benefit (needed workers for the farm), today it is an economic cost. If we continue
to devalue, neglect, and increasingly make it an economic hardship. We will undermine
our most important social institution.