Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia more than triples in 10 years

by Alfred Lubrano

Photo: Stephanie Sakho and her son, Momo, 1, near their Southwest Philadelphia home (Elizabeth Robertson)

Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia increased from 3.1% in 2006 to 9.7% in 2016, compared to 8.8% for all US children. Working families struggled with rising housing costs and flat wages in a city where 26 percent of all residents live in poverty, making Philadelphia the poorest of the 10 most populous U.S. cities.

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    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
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