Poverty Conference Meets In Topeka


TOPEKA. Kan (WIBW)-- Poverty is on the rise in the Topeka area and a conference Wednesday morning brought community leaders and citizens together to come up with solutions.

More than 120 people gathered at Washburn University's Memorial Union to discuss and uncover the different facets of poverty in our city.

Community leaders and those who are dealing with poverty first-hand discussed issues such as health care, urban vs. rural poverty, counseling, working with impoverished students and disability services.

Michaela Saunder a member of the conference noted that "..we have more hungry children today in Topeka than we did 50 years ago.. it's really a pressing issue in the community."

Washburn's Vista Fellows program and Heartland Visioning organized the conference.

Posted by Greg Palme

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