The United States boasts the highest rate of poverty in any developed country around the world. From our large cities to our rural population, families are struggling to put food on the table. The statistics have shown some harrowing results- certain people are more likely to struggle with food insecurity, homelessness, debt, and extreme financial hardship. The government and our policies are complicit, making it harder for people of color to build generational wealth, or even earn the equivalent of their white peers.
At the same time, people around the globe are suffering from extreme destitution and hunger resulting from famine, poverty, and political instability. Global policy allocates some United States funding to help uplift these vulnerable communities, but these efforts have fallen short. We at ICNA CSJ believe that our citizens should have equal opportunities and access to wealth, and government aid, but also that our global community should see our country as a means of relief that can help to uplift and empower nations that are struggling to feed their populations.