When our government told us the banks were too big fail and they needed a bailout we as a nation stepped up for the common good. I’ve talked a lot during our congressional campaign about the “Generation too big to fail.”
Members of The Millennial Generation began establishing their lives in the aftermath of the stock market crash of 2008.
They know first hand the struggle to succeed in the face of stagnant wages, crushing student debt, lack of affordable healthcare and.the lack of affordable and safe daycare.
Households across the United States continue to have difficulty in providing enough food due to a lack of resources. Recent studies indicate in households with children, 16.5 percent did not have consistent access to adequate food. Families have adjusted by cutting meal size, skipping meals, or going for a day without food—because of lack of money.
Children living in food-insecure households tend to have a lower health-related quality of life and higher rates of asthma. Children living in food-insecure households are more than twice as likely to test positive for iron deficiency anemia, which has been linked to difficulties with foundational skills like language comprehension and emotional development. Food insecure students are 127% more likely to have behavioral problems at school.
Food on the table is not the only problem young families with children are facing. They’re often saddled with lack of affordable and safe daycare. It’s just one of the many challenges young mothers have talked about with me during our “People’s Campaign.”
It’s time to step up again.
Government may not have all the solutions, but these should be placed at the top of the list of the problems... we must solve together.
Our future depends on it.