Dating old refrigerator
The divorced, certified nursing assistant from Southwest Philadelphia puts in 40 hours a week.
But even with her salary and a 0 monthly allotment of food stamps, there isn’t always enough to feed her 10-year-old daughter and year-old son.
Between 20, childhood hunger in North Philadelphia has more than tripled among families where parents work 20 or more hours a week, according to Chilton’s research at St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children, part of Children’s Health Watch, a national research network that investigates the impact of public assistance programs on children’s health.
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“I think people would be surprised that there are kids in the city not getting enough to eat,” said Sakho, 28, who makes an hour, near the poverty line for a family of three.
“I’m working, but people who see me don’t know the refrigerator is empty.” Sakho’s “deeply alarming” plight is becoming more common, said Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and a professor of health management and policy at School of Public Health at Drexel University.
She called for Philadelphia employers to raise wages to curtail childhood hunger.