Statement on Hunger and Crime, September 30, 1921


Food for Starving Children in Europe Only Crime Wave Cure

Jane Addams of Hull House, Chicago, declared yesterday that empty stomachs of children are principally responsible for the juvenile crime wave in some parts of Europe. When they get food conditions will return to normal, she stated. Miss Addams arrived at Hoboken on the Rotterdam of the Holland-America line yesterday.

[image Jane Addams]

"The crime of the younger generation to a great extent is caused by their wildness for bread," she said. "A child with an empty stomach after a certain number of days of emptiness is no great respecter of creed or code. I firmly believe that in Europe food will stop the crime wave."

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