Kansas Conference On Poverty Kicks Off

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TOPEKA – Almost 300 people are gathering in Kansas from Wednesday through Friday learn about the daily struggles of low-income individuals.

The Kansas Conference on Poverty kicked off Wednesday as teachers, students, and state officials participated in a series of workshops designed to highlight the need to combat the issue.

Wednesday's activities focused on community organizing, oppression, and working with non-profits. The conference also featured a poverty simulation where participants saw first-hand how difficult it is to live on a limited income.

“This week they'll be talking about homelessness, job creation, food security, healthy food access, job security, customer service, how to work with a faith based organization,” said Jesyca Rodenberg, Communications and Outreach Director at the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs. “There's no one cause of poverty, so there's no one solution.”

The conference will host a viewing of the movie “American Winter” Thursday evening and activities will continue through Friday.