Task Force Discusses Childhood Poverty

By: Doug Brown
By: Doug Brown
Tap the Picture to View the Slideshow

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - First Lady Mary Brownback says our state's future depends on breaking the cycle of poverty.

Mary Brownback spoke Monday morning at the first meeting of the Governor's Task Force to Reduce Childhood Poverty.

Mrs. Brownback encouraged the group to think outside the box in developing policy recommendations to address what she called an important issue, not just for the children but also for Kansas.

Mrs. Brownback says the fact that nearly half of Kansas school children qualify for free or reduced lunches is "astounding." She says the state collectively needs to do what it can to help the children and families get out of poverty so the children have a chance to live up to their fullest potential.

The 12-member task force includes the secretaries of health and environment; children and families; and aging and disability services. Among others serving are Topeka Rescue Mission director Barry Feaker.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 179987991