Poverty & Hunger
1 in 6 children in the United States lives with hunger.
As you might imagine, hunger is a problem that most often affects low-income families. A common way we measure poverty is the federal poverty level, a number set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal poverty level is the minimum amount of money a family needs each year to afford the necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter and transportation.
In 2018, the federal poverty level was $25,750 for a family of four.
Tragically, a huge number of Americans fall below this line. Almost 40 million people (12% of all Americans) lived in poverty in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of that number, over 13 million were children.
Of course, this number is a minimum. Families making twice that much are still considered low-income by most experts, and many struggle to make ends meet.
More than 12 million children in the United States live in "food insecure" homes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means those families don't have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life. This doesn't always mean that there is nothing to eat. But it can mean that children get smaller portions than they need, or parents aren't able to afford nutritious foods.
For a more comprehensive understanding of food insecurity, we recommend the USDA’s annual report on Household Food Security in the United States.
Bernie, Katherine, and Sonia reside in small towns in the country side of upstate New York. Their towns are rural, beautiful and bustling with potential. However, they live in an area where a large percentage of the population live at or below the poverty line. Over 60% of the children enrolled in public education require subsidized breakfast and lunches in order to have any chance of meal each school day. Often for many those are the only meals they receive during the week. And their towns are not the worst off. This is why supporting NO KID HUNGRY is very important to the producers of the Ahimsa Yoga Festival! The NO KID HUNGRY initiative and advocacy efforts help to include government involvement in assuring our children do not go hungry. They also work with other organizations, such as the Ahimsa Yoga Festival, with fundraising opportunities to help them continue their mission of providing healthy meals for all kids in America.
In this effort, the Ahimsa Yoga Festival will donate a portion of the proceeds to NO KID HUNGRY along with other opportunities at the event to raise more funds, such as raffles for goodies, donation breakfast, and more! Your journey to connection and peace at the Ahimsa Yoga Festival will help to provide children in America healthy meals and peace of mind. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!