poverty http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Missouri Could Do Better In Fighting Poverty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-missouri-could-do-better-fighting-poverty <p>This month marks the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/18/263512728/when-king-and-johnson-joined-forces-to-fight-the-war-on-poverty">President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty</a>.</p><p>This central pillar of Johnson’s Great Society was designed to finally defeat the age­old scourge of poverty and destitution in the United States. Major programs that were part of the War on Poverty include Medicare and Medicaid, Head Start and Food Stamps.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:12:56 +0000 Robert A. Cropf 33166 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Missouri Could Do Better In Fighting Poverty Community Improvement Organization Builds On Foundation Of Hope And Empowerment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/community-improvement-organization-builds-foundation-hope-and-empowerment <p>Less than three years after graduating college in 1989, Jim Ziolkowski quit his corporate finance job at GE and started <a href="http://www.buildon.org/" target="_blank">buildOn</a>, an organization dedicated to building schools in impoverished nations and after school programs in America's inner city schools.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:11:44 +0000 Camille Phillips 31886 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Community Improvement Organization Builds On Foundation Of Hope And Empowerment Normandy Reaccreditation Plan Focuses On Education And Socio-Economic Concerns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-reaccreditation-plan-focuses-education-and-socio-economic-concerns <p>With less than three months on the job, Normandy School District Superintendent Tyrone McNichols has a clear plan to regain accreditation from the state and a strong message about the help he needs to make that plan successful.</p><p>The main academic components of McNichols' plan involve a new literacy program in partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a new focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). As part of the focus on STEM, a new science program is being implemented through a partnership with Washington University.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:23:31 +0000 Tim Lloyd & Camille Phillips 29912 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Reaccreditation Plan Focuses On Education And Socio-Economic Concerns Commentary: Schools, Children and Poverty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-schools-children-and-poverty <p>The St. Louis Post Dispatch recently published an article by Mr. Krehmeyer reporting on the link between poverty and lack of school success. It indicated that with various actions we can do a lot to improve school results in poverty areas. I think that thought has merit. I commend what the author, Chris Krehmeyer, has to say. However in my mind the real issue is “do we really want to erase poverty and do we have the will to truly turn around failing school systems and help children out of poverty?” I ask because I have heard the words so many times. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:33:00 +0000 Susan Uchitelle 7560 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Schools, Children and Poverty Poverty and Homelessness in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/poverty-and-homelessness-st-louis <p>There is good and bad news when it comes to the latest government figures on poverty in America.&nbsp; The good news is that the poverty rate has more or less stabilized for the first time in three years, while the bad news is that the number of people living in poverty in the St. Louis area is well above the national average.&nbsp; Join host Don Marsh for a discussion about poverty and its ripple effects in the region.&nbsp; Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:22:28 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 4660 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Poverty and Homelessness in St. Louis Local churches pool resources to fight poverty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-churches-pool-resources-fight-poverty <p>About 50 different churches and groups gathered yesterday to provide assistance to St. Louis residents living in poverty.</p><p>Services offered included voter registration, resume services, back to school and youth sports physicals and other health services.</p><p>Organizers said it took around a year to plan and coordinate the event with Convoy of Hope, a national faith-based anti-poverty organization.</p><p>Bishop Lawrence Wooten said it brought together religious groups that haven&rsquo;t worked together in the past.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 18:27:45 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4203 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local churches pool resources to fight poverty Social service agency hits grim numerical milestone http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/social-service-agency-hits-grim-numerical-milestone <p>On the last Sunday in June, The Bridge &ndash; a social service agency operated out of Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis &ndash; served its 750,000<sup>th</sup> &nbsp;meal.</p><p>Volunteers dished out just over 6,000 meals in 2006, the first year The Bridge was open. Last year, more than 171,000 people accepted a free hot meal.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Rachel Lippmann sat down with Kathleen Wilder, the pastor at Centenary and the executive director of The Bridge, to reflect on what it means that so many people are in need.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:39:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Social service agency hits grim numerical milestone Hunger doesn't take a holiday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hunger-doesnt-take-holiday <p>&nbsp;</p><p>As many Missourians wrap up a weekend marked by celebration and plenty, somewhere near 16% of the state's population struggles with food insecurity.</p><p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:38:39 +0000 Libby Franklin 196 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hunger doesn't take a holiday