Hunger and homelessness in America is a problem that is impacting millions of children, youth, and families. 43.1 million of Americans live below the poverty line, 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger, and 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty. “This year, the stakes couldn’t be higher: public schools and early childhood programs reported the highest number of children and youth experiencing homelessness ever recorded – 1.5 million,” stated SchoolHouse Connection. They remarked that the “numbers are likely much higher now as a result of the economic downslide and family stress resulting from the COVID-19.”
SchoolHouse Connection new public service announcements include one aimed at children and families experiencing homelessness and the other aimed at youth experiencing homelessness (whether they are with family or not). On Wednesday, November 18th at 12pm (ET), CWLA will join the “Twitter storm” to raise awareness about families and youth experiencing homelessness. Check out letseducateeverychild.org to learn more about the role you can play in ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn- no matter what school looks like this fall.