Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”
One in five children is living in poverty².
“Today, it is freezing and we have students coming to school in tee shirts…” Hear this teacher’s plea.
¹ America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness. American Institutes for Research & The National Center on Family Homelessness. 2014.
² – ²·² Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015. United States Census Bureau. September 2016.