For many years, child poverty in the developed world has been seen as an “American” problem. The truth of the matter is that there are thousands of children in Canada living in poverty as well. In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that nearly one million Canadian children were living in low income homes.
Many of these children are minorities, mostly aboriginal. But many are simple everyday kids that without knowing, you would never guess that their stomachs ached because they didn’t have breakfast this morning.
It breaks my heart to think of, not only the children, but everyone living in poverty. To have to choose between paying rent or putting meat on the table is a question no family should have to choose between.
I call on the political leaders of not only Canada and the United States, but the world, to make eliminating poverty a priority. There is no reason why a child should be forced to go hungry.
We can all make a difference. For some, it might be writing a blog to raise awareness. For others, it might be volunteering at a shelter. But one thing we should all do is hold our leaders accountable and call for action on child poverty.
For more insight on the growing concern of child poverty in Canada, head over to HuffPost Canada.