IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT POVERTY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES:
> According to a 2015 U.S. Census Bureau 13.5% or 43.1 million Americans live in poverty.
> 19.7% of all children (14.5 million kids) lived in Poverty USA—that’s about 1 in every 5 children.
> The elderly poverty rate was at 8.8% but with expenses such as the rising costs of health care, the senior poverty rate rose to 13.7%.
> According to 2015 US Census Data, the highest poverty rate by race is found among Blacks (24.1%), with Hispanics (of any race) having the second highest poverty rate (21.4%). Whites had a poverty rate of 9%, while Asians had a poverty rate at 11.4%.
> In 2015, the USDA estimated that 13% (12.7%) (or 15.8 million) of US households were food insecure—meaning that they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT POVERTY ON A GLOBAL LEVEL:
> Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
> 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
> 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
> More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
> In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
> Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
> As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.