10 Facts You Need To Know About Poverty

  1. Between 15 and 18 people die of starvation in the world every minute.
  2. In 2009, the US poverty rate broke 25% of the population.
  3. If you can afford to eat three meals a day for three weeks, you are part of the wealthiest 15% of people on Earth.
  4. People in the United States spend over $50 billion a year on their pets. The estimated cost to rid the world of hunger is $30 billion.
  5. About 1 billion people did not get enough to eat today.
  6. There are about 1.7 million homeless teens in the United States, and 39% of the homeless population is under 18.
  7. The wealthiest nation on Earth, the United States, has the largest gap between worker and executive incomes.
  8. 20% of the world’s population lives on less than $1.00 a day.
  9. 40% of Americans now earn less than the adjusted 1968 minimum wage.
  10. The gap between the rich and the poor in the United Kingdom has reached its highest level in 40 years.
Image credit: Franco Folini

Image credit: Franco Folini