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U.S. Thanksgiving hides growing poverty, homelessness

U.S. Thanksgiving hides growing poverty, homelessness | Poverty | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Thanksgiving tends to be a pretty full day for U.S. President Barack Obama, what with the annual ritual of pardoning the White House Turkey. This year 80 gobblers competed for the reprieve.

Via Darcy Delaproser, Jocelyn Stoller, Alison D. Gilbert
Jasmine GreenTea's insight:

Washington, D.C. is among the richest cities in America yet it has one of the highest rates of homelessness and poverty in the country.  Many homeless people, sleep on cardboard boxes in store doorways, in entrances to subways, in parks and on ventilation grates, wrapping themselves in layers of coats over ragged sweaters and the ever-present grey felt blankets handed out by volunteers. Many of them, are mentally ill or suffer mental problems as a result of the loneliness of homelessness. The vast majority of the homeless, however, find themselves and their families on the street because they either can’t find a job or their jobs don’t pay enough to cover the city’s high rents.The numbers are growing so much that the police are pushing the homeless out of the parks. I wonder why the guys in offices that look over the parks are complaining, when they don't bother doing anything for the homeless? i think it is rather ridiculous for them to complain, since complaining does not make things better for the homeless, instead, make things worse for them.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 30, 2013 7:22 PM

Turkeys being pardoned from being turkeys. What else can they be? Just like the growing poverty and homelessness in America cannot be anything else no matter how the government tries to play with deceiving statistics.


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Rural poverty: when the food bank is only 20 miles away...

Rural poverty: when the food bank is only 20 miles away... | Poverty | Scoop.it
Low-income families skip meals because they can't afford to get to the nearest shop to buy groceries, and walk for hours to get a charity food parcel, according to a report into rural food poverty

Via Steven Preece
Jasmine GreenTea's insight:

After reading the article, i know that demand for food aid is rising, like everywhere else. Families in poverty are consuming nutritionally-poor food such as takeaways and frozen food because healthier options are to expensive to be found. Individuals are skipping meals because, either, they cannot afford food, or buy enough food to feed the whole family. The Salvation army, had been providing hot meals for the homeless for over 100 years but in the last year they had seen a huge increase in the number of people who have a home but have no money for food coming to them for help.

I wonder if people in rural areas also feel the stigma of asking for help more, since there are not many people found in rural areas.

Navas Ibraahim's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:10 AM

I used to think that the definition of poverty was not having money at all to spend for his/her needs, but after reading this article, I got to know that though people got some money, theey skip meals just because they cant afford to buy them or other reasons. This made me think that poverty is not being derived from the poor person but also the countries's economy.The United Nations or some other organisation should find a solution regarding this issue. After reading this article, I realised that I should change my idea of poverty. This also taught me that I am very fotunate to live in Singapoe whereby the economy is stable and most importantly I should never waste a single grain of food at any cost as I am fortunate to afford my food,not like other countries whose economy is unstable.

Davina De Laure's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:52 AM

my insight

After reading this article i am shock to know how other people in other country are suffering.At rural countries  low-income families they skip meals because they cant afford to get to the nearest shop to get groceries, walk for hours just to get charity food parcels. and also since the rising of demand of food aid like everywhere else. this rural fastness presents speacial challengers. All this leads to unhealthy eating . like me explain families in poverty nutritionally-poor food such as takeaways and frozen food because healthier options were to expensive it found. Individuals skipping meals because they can't afford food, or buy enough food to feed the whole family was also identified as a serious problem. This poverty should stop donate food cans to family around the will it might save alot of lives without us knowing and after knowing that there are people suffering like this i think twice of wasting my food 

Lim Theng Shryl's curator insight, January 27, 2014 11:45 PM

I felt very sad for the people living in poverty after reading this article. They had to skip meals because they cannot afford to get to the nearest shop to get their groceries. The people live in hunger, and have poor living conditions because the food they have are mostly unhealthy or they have no food at all. I think the government should do something useful for these poor people living in such conditions.

Rescooped by Jasmine GreenTea from Geography Education

‘Forgotten Neighborhood’ Underscores Growing Poverty of Gaza

‘Forgotten Neighborhood’ Underscores Growing Poverty of Gaza | Poverty | Scoop.it
A United Nations report cites widespread shortages of food, water, electricity, jobs, hospital beds and classrooms amid an exploding population in an area of Gaza.


While most slums are symptomatic of issues that would be addressed by an economic and urban geography analysis, the slums of Gaza are different.  Many slum issues are tied to city politics, but in Gaza these slums are also connected to some of the larger geopolitical issues of the region.  


Tags: Political, urban, squatter, poverty, MiddleEast, economic, place, unit 4 political, unit 7 cities.

Via Seth Dixon
Jasmine GreenTea's insight:

Parents in Gaza are not sending their children to school because they have either no money for books, school fees or materials for their school. In Gaza, there is an exploding population in an area and also, people are living in slum conditions and there is a widespread of shortage of food, water, electricity, jobs, hospital beds and classrooms. The fact that the people in Gaza, slaughter lame horses and uses its meat for kebabs because they could not afford beef or lamb, extended my thinking in new directions.

The population of people who are more fortunate is definitely more than those people who are living in poverty. Therefore, I wonder why are those people who are fortunate, not willing to lend a helping hand to these people in Gaza who are living in such bad conditions.

Emma Lafleur's curator insight, April 13, 2013 7:03 PM

People in the Gaza strip are already fearful Israel around them because of the fighting between the two areas. When people think of Gaza, they think of the Palestine-Israel conflict, but there is much more going on in Gaza. Israel blocks Gaza off from all forms of trade, and although they have a tunnel between them and Egypt, it is not enough. Therefore, there are slums where children do not go to school because their parents cannot afford it, people starve because they have no money to buy food, and people live in small shelters that they built out of some materials they put together and sleep on the ground. This is a squatter community, and, as the article states, there are squatter communities in worse shape, the problem here is that everyone is pointing fingers and no one is trying to fix the problem. Many state that Israel has caused this poverty because of their oppressive control of the area and others state that it is Gaza's government because they are corrupt and new and cannot or do not distribute their food well. This is a problem, but when no one takes the blame, innocent people suffer.

Kayla, Sean, and Max's curator insight, February 24, 2015 1:37 PM


As the population of "The Forgotten Neighborhood" continues to grow exponentially, living conditions only continue to get worse and worse. People go without food, water, or basic services, making the conditions there practically unlivable. Due to corruption and mismanagement, much of the aid sent there to help gets used elsewhere, which causes living conditions to stay poor.