Poverty Declines yet The Need Exists - A Call to Action

Author: Dr. Larry Kawa DDS

Date: May 6, 2019

To whom much is given, much is required. These words are more than just a famous quote. They are words to live by and that embody our own individual responsibility to our community and ourselves.

Over the last three years, we’ve seen the poverty rate come down significantly in the United States.

According to the U.S. Census bureau, Poverty in the United States was at 14.0 percent in 2016. Now we’ve seen that number decline to 12.3 percent, representing millions of Americans who are now enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to our economic prosperity.

However, just because poverty is on the decline, it doesn’t mean that the job is done.

Often we will look at poverty and will say that it is the role of government to fix this problem. While government can play a role by setting the proper regulatory and societal structure for people to advance out of poverty, it is the responsibility of the individual to be able to help those most in need.

There are still millions of Americans who are unsure where their next meals are coming from.

If we all chipped in with our communities, we could make a huge impact. Personally, I’ve been part of A Soup Kitchen in Lake Worth Florida. They have provided quality hot healthy meals and fresh vegetables and canned goods totally free of charge to those in need for over a decade.

While a hot meal may not solve everything that is wrong in someone’s situation, sometimes it can give them the security and the strength to make it to a better tomorrow. Sometimes all we need is a little help.

Started during the Great Depression, soup kitchens where a way to feed a mass amount of people with very little money and employees/volunteers. Even in times of economic prosperity, soup kitchens can help so many people.

I encourage all Americans to do your part. Maybe your part is giving money. Maybe it is giving your time as a volunteer. Maybe it is helping a friend who may be going through a bad time. Even if your contribution is prayer or simple awareness, everything helps.

No child should go hungry in the United States of America, the world’s most prosperous nation. While hunger and poverty may exist forever, it still doesn’t mean that we should stop trying to bring those instances down to as few as possible.


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