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Poverty forces families to make impossible choices

  • Every day, parents across the U.S. are deciding between essentials—books or bread, gas or groceries—just to survive
  • Children who live in poverty are more likely to start school significantly behind their peers and never catch up
  • Save the Children works to fill critical gaps in early learning across rural America's most impoverished communities
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11 million children live in poverty, including 1 in 7 children of color

Graphic showing 40 as in rural child poverty higher than urban areas in 40 states.

Rural child poverty rates are higher than urban areas in 40 states 

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Save the Children works in more than 300 of rural America’s most impoverished communities

Join us: Give children growing up in poverty the opportunity for a brighter future

Save the Children knows that early learning opportunities are so critical for children, regardless of their family's income. That’s why, with your help, we work in more than 300 of rural America’s most impoverished communities, where we’re often the only child-focused nonprofit.

Save the Children designs, staffs and delivers high-quality early childhood education programs that prepare children for kindergartenfoster parent-school connections and empower parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher.  

We build communities' early childhood knowledge and resources through home visits, educational activities, book exchanges, parent support groups and help with transitioning from home to preschool, and beyond.  We're also working to ensure that children have access to nourishing food – the fuel they need to learn and thrive.  Since the start of the COVID pandemic, we have helped provide more than 45 million meals to children and families.

Your continued support is needed now more than ever to keep this important work going. Donate today or join our political advocacy arm - Save the Children Action Network—to fight for stronger food aid programs. Tell Congress: 153 million children are going hungry. Build a better Farm Bill today!  

Child Hunger Is Worse in Rural America, Where Rural Poverty Is More Persistent

Our team works across rural America to help ensure kids have access to the food they need to thrive.

Save the Children knows all too well how a hungry child cannot be hungry for knowledge. That’s why we are committed to combatting child hunger across rural America, collaborating with partners to ensure children have the nutritious food they need to keep their bellies full and their minds actively learning. Your donation supports this critical work to help children survive and thrive.

Together with Mountaineer Food Bank and DoorDash, Save the Children ensures that families in rural West Virginia have the food they need delivered right to their door. This home delivery service (a partnership through our Rural Child Hunger Innovation Lab) removes the stigma of visiting food banks and ensures that families that may not have transportation or are otherwise homebound are not left behind. 

In Kentucky's rural communities, where Save the Children has been working since 1932, we're providing support to children and families most impacted by poverty and inequality. 

This past year, Save the Children has been working to meet the most urgent – and the long-term – needs of children living in some of the areas hardest hit by the flooding in eastern Kentucky where learning was interrupted for thousands of children for several weeks.