Poor Kids: Introduction (02:13)
This segment orients viewers to poverty in America; over 16 million children are affected by it.
Meet Brittany Smith (02:59)
Brittany, age 9, discusses taking a cold shower, because her parents are unable to pay utility bills. She lists items she lost in a confiscated storage unit.
Effects of Unemployment (01:33)
Brittany talks with her dad about the termination of their cable service and his progress in attaining a job. Brittany's brother, Roger Smith, hopes "that by some miracle" his father will soon be employed.
Meet Kaylie Hegwood (04:29)
Kaylie, age 10, lives with her mother and brother, Tyler Hegwood, age 12. Kaylie explains how she deals with constant hunger. She collects cans with a friend to make money.
Meet Jasmine and Johnny Davis (04:03)
Jasmine, age 9, and Johnny, age 13, live in a Salvation Army homeless shelter. Their father, Tom, explains how the recession damaged his business. The family commutes 2 hours a day to take their father to work.
Mental Breakdown (04:23)
With money earned from mowing lawns, Tyler helps pay for groceries. Kaylie and Tyler's mother, Barbara Hegwood, suffers from depression.
Hunger and Nutrition (04:20)
Brittany explains why many Americans need assistance accessing food; she describes her increasing hunger. Brittany participates in a weekly Nutrition Club at school. The Smith family's meals lack nutrition; Brittany is self-conscious about her body image.
Debilitating Disorder (01:59)
During dinner, Brittany's mother imagines eating different food. She suffers from an anxiety disorder that may have fatal consequences. Brittany lives with thoughts of losing her mother.
Family Sacrifices (03:34)
The Hegwood family is relocating and Kaylie must give up her dog, Nala. Kaylie and her family move into a hotel room.
Living Homeless (02:32)
Johnny and Jasmine discuss the social stigma of living in a homeless shelter. Their mother, Classy, describes the difficulty of raising and maintaining a family with little to no money.
Out of Poverty (01:44)
Johnny brings home his school report card. He believes academics are his only way out of poverty.
Living in a Hotel (02:49)
Kaylie describes how she spends her time while living in a hotel room. She asks Alex, the hotel manager, questions about other families in her situation. The Hegwood family routinely fills the sink with ice, which acts as a substitute refrigerator.
Smith Family Struggles to Survive (03:18)
Brittany learns her mother is pregnant. With their current financial situation, Brittany's parents show concern. For Roger, the lack of internet is difficult.
Hegwoods Relocate (03:26)
Kaylie and her family pack their belongings and move to a new home. Kaylie sleeps on the floor and spends her time folding clothes and cleaning the kitchen.
Needs of a Growing Teenager (04:13)
Johnny and Jasmine's family move to transitional housing; finding enough food is a daunting task. Johnny and his mother have a dispute over name brand items.
Temporary Fixes (01:53)
Brittany's mother gives birth to a baby boy. Her father finds employment with a previous employer.
Uncertain Future (03:16)
Kaylie and her family move back into a hotel room, because her mother failed to pay rent at their previous home. With constant relocation, Kaylie and her brother are unable to attend school.
Credits: Poor Kids (02:28)
Credits: Poor Kids
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