Poverty In The States hyerim park
“If you look at the studies of poverty, most poor people in this country have computers, have big screen TVs, have cars, have air conditioning. This myth that there are kids who don’t have anything to eat is a total lie." - Bill O'Reilly
Humanosphere disagrees, saying that "... it is hard not to see O’Reilly as someone who is either grossly misinformed or willfully misleading his audience."
As of 2015, the estimated percentage of US households who are food insecure is 12.7%, which is approximately 15.8 million households (one in eight). As of 2015, there were 43.1 million people living in poverty.
According to worldhunger.org, there are three main reasons for poverty in the US: "poverty in the world; the operation of the political and economic system in the United States which has tended to keep people from poor families poor, and, to a lesser extent, actual physical and behavioral issues among some people who are poor."
In other words, the reasons why people are poor is just that corporations move to countries with more widespread poverty issues because the cost of working in such locations would be lower, that the political system is not focused on the fundamental concerns of poor people, but on other things... And that sometimes, some people are just not in a situation where they are qualified to work - that they are, for all intents and purposes, "unemployable".
But regardless of reason, poverty exists.
Research shows that there are 1.5 million American households surviving on less than $2 per person per day, and about half of these households don't have access to public benefits like welfare and food stamps.
There are extremely important programs in place that act as safety nets, including but not limited to: SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), the National School Lunch Program, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid/Medicare.