The Times West Virginian

July 27, 2013

Coalition aiming to fight poverty

‘It’s affecting all of us in one way or another’

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

CLARKSBURG — Almost half of West Virginia families are living near or below the poverty line.

That means a lot of needy children. A group of social agencies and concerned citizens met Friday at the Gaston Caperton Center to discuss this issue.

“Our Children, Our Future: The Campaign to End Child Poverty” held its summer leadership meeting to celebrate its recent legislative successes and plan future strategies.

Some of those successes include Medicaid expansion, “Feed to Achieve,” family violence prevention, stopping child care cuts and prison reform, said Stephen Smith, director of West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition.

That statewide child health and child poverty advocacy group was one of 12 statewide organizations that banded together to work to make things better.

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