Here’s What Happens When You Give $1,000 to Someone in Extreme Poverty
Andrew McDermott

This is a promising program (with good data to support its mission policies). I would only quibble with ONE comment in the op-ed: “[regarding buying food] …a basic need, that’s consumed and gone without perpetual benefits.”

Food provides calories and nutrition (even if only low nutrition)…calories provide children with the energy to work, walk to school, and help kids pay attention in school (hard to do when you are hungry)…further, nutrition is vital for brain development (which has long-term impacts) and proper cognitive functioning — fundamental requirements for success in education which leads to a brighter, more prosperous future for these impoverished people. While I would question any claim to a “perpetual benefit”, certainly the provisioning of food and nutrition has lasting benefits that go beyond the immediate satiation of hunger.

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