An Earth-shattering study by the USDA has it predicting that an unprecedented number of children will use food stamps at one time in their lives.
Nearly 28.4 million Americans partake in the Department of Agriculture's federal food stamp program for low-income families.
That figure allowed the federal agency to calculate that nearly half of all, and 90% of Black children, will use the colorful coupons during childhood. The same organization has also speculated that the current economic state of America's economy will likely drive those figures significantly higher.
A study by Thomas Hirschl of Cornell University, that made use of surveys conducted between 1968 to 1997, found that 49% of all children have utilized food stamps before their 20th birthday. Astonishingly, only 37% of white children were counted as having used the program at that time.
“The current recession is likely to generate for children in the United States the greatest level of material deprivation that we will see in our professional lifetimes,” remarked Dr. Paul Wise, a pediatrician at Stanford‘s Medical Facility.
A study conducted by the CDC earlier this year also revealed that one-third of Black Americans are clinically obese. That is nearly 36% of the all Black citizens, more than any other ethnic or racial group.