Texas ranks poorly in child well-being report
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:05:37 GMT —
The Kids Count Report ranks Texas as one of the top 10 worst states when it comes to child well-being, and it also notes that the state isn't making any improvements.
"This annual report is very important to any non-profit that works on serving families, because it shows the outcome of what we're doing," Elia Moreno of Cal Farley's said.
The report ranks each state in four different categories: economic well-being, education, family and community and health. While health remains one of the biggest concerns to people in the Amarillo community.
"If they're living in a food desert and they're not nourished the way they need to be, they're not able to concentrate, their mind is saying, 'What will I eat next?'" Moreno said.
One cafe in East Amarillo is working to change that.
"There was a kid that came to me that was hungry, and he had been digging in my dumpster for food," Pastor Johnny Rinehart said. "It lights a fire in your heart to want to do something."
Every Wednesday Rinehart and a group of volunteers from Christian Heritage Church feed 30-100 children a hot meal for dinner.
And according to Moreno initiatives like the one Rinehart is making can help reduce the number of children living in poverty.
"It has to be a community effort to remove the stigmas, stereotypes and judgments we have about people in poverty," Moreno said.