As recent as May 2017, the Tennessean reported its’ statistics on poverty and hunger. The report found that 18.9% of Nashvillians live in poverty — a higher rate than Tennessee (17.9%) and the nation (15.9%). According to a recent Feeding America study, an estimated 49 million Americans are food insecure, including more than 1 million Tennesseans.
1 in 4 children in Tennessee face hunger every day.
Many middle and high school students across the state and nation aren’t reading at a proficient level. More than 70% of Tennessee’s eighth-graders read at or below the basic level of proficiency for that grade, according to a report by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability.
Families throughout America and abroad often face sudden emergencies with no immediate or real way out. We seek to help impact their successful transition and total life care. The LifeCare programs focuses on providing a range of aide to individuals and families that helps manage everyday crisis and whole life success
The Positive Parenting Initiative focuses on preventing child abuse through education and awareness. Every hour of every day, there is allegation of child abuse in Tennessee. Unfortunately, child abuse is a problem in every county and community across Tennessee. In 2013, Tennessee had 102,748 total referrals for child abuse and neglect.
Building bridges from unemployment to career and entrepreneurship! In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14% of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
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