Jan 093 Tough Choices No One Should Have to Make
Poverty affects more people in the U.S. than some might think. When people can’t get regular meals or healthy food it hurts their lives in so many ways. Here are three tough decisions that people experiencing poverty have to make daily.
1. Medicine or Food
The average U.S. citizen spends roughly $100 a month on prescription medicine and $644 a month on groceries. Should you buy pain medication that keeps you functional at work or breakfast?
*source: U.S. Bureau of Land Statistics and TheStreet.com
2. Rent or Food
40% of U.S. citizens struggle to pay for at least one basic need, and rent is a huge expense for many. Risk eviction or make your kids go to sleep hungry?
3. Processed or Fresh Food
Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are the largest source of calories for low-income people in the U.S. because they’re affordable. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables and eat for a day, or processed foods and eat for a week?
- Want to do something about hunger in your community? Volunteer with Mercy Housing!
- Are you in need of food? Use this tool by Feeding America to locate a food bank near you.
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