According to the American Psychological Association, “…living in poverty has a wide range of negative effects on the physical and mental health and…

According to the American Psychological Association, “…living in poverty has a wide range of negative effects on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our nation’s children.” Some of these physical effects are insufficient nutrition, energy, and a decreased ability to fight off infections.  Youth living on the streets are especially at risk of suffering from hunger. There are programs in cities and towns and the U.S. as a whole which provide food for those living in poverty, but they’re not always accessible to youth, and not always sufficient. What can people do in their community to help homeless youth who have trouble getting access to food and other basic services? In my area, I’ve seen a lot of food drives that have been successful; this is one way you might be able to help youth in your community. There are also non-profit groups in the area that make soup, sandwiches, and provide water free of charge to youth in need (and others also).  These are some ways to help using already established local services. For a more wide-spread effect on the community, people could find a way to inform homeless youth of their options, or maybe even start a campaign to get the government to establish a program for homeless youth.

– Allyson