Early in 2020, it was estimated that almost 12 million children in America were living in poverty – a burden disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic kids, as well as those living in rural areas. Then COVID forced even more parents out of work. Today, the number of children living in poverty in America is close to 13 million.

The climate crisis is is also magnifying poverty in America, with kids from low-income communities and communities of color at greatest risk.

Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to have certain underlying health conditions. The poorest children also tend to have the fewest learning materials at home and experience higher rates of learning loss. And child hunger is worse in rural America, where child poverty is more persistent.

Rural poverty in America is an emergency. Your support today can give a child growing up in poverty in America the opportunity for a brighter future.

Read the full article about childhood poverty at Save the Children.