As England waits with bated breath for their newest royal baby to arrive, I can only think that every baby should be greeted with the same revelry. The pealing of bells and frenzied crowds of well-wishers shouldn’t be reserved for royalty. After all, every baby born has the potential to go on to perform noble acts, from treating the sick, to helping the poor, to teaching children, to becoming parents of their own little princes and princesses someday.

Unfortunately, many babies in the United States are robbed of reaching their potential before they even get the chance to sing “Pat-a-Cake.” Poverty jeopardizes their well-being, and diminishes their access to safe housing, education, medical care, and of course, food.

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