poverty

Who Is Poor?
8:12 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Could Do Better In Fighting Poverty

Credit Maria Vladimirova

This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Community Improvement Organization Builds On Foundation Of Hope And Empowerment

Jim Ziolkowski, founder and CEO of buildOn.
(Courtesy GLPR Books)

Less than three years after graduating college in 1989, Jim Ziolkowski quit his corporate finance job at GE and started buildOn, an organization dedicated to building schools in impoverished nations and after school programs in America's inner city schools.

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St. Louis on the Air
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Normandy Reaccreditation Plan Focuses On Education And Socio-Economic Concerns

knittymarie Flickr

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.

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.

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Commentary
5:33 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Commentary: Schools, Children and Poverty

Credit Provided by Susan Uchitelle

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty and Homelessness in St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/Jim Belford)

There is good and bad news when it comes to the latest government figures on poverty in America.  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.  Join host Don Marsh for a discussion about poverty and its ripple effects in the region. 

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Anti-poverty
1:27 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Local churches pool resources to fight poverty

Local churches and organization teamed up for Day of Hope, an antipoverty event with free services that included voter registration, resume services, back to school and youth sports physicals and other health services.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

About 50 different churches and groups gathered yesterday to provide assistance to St. Louis residents living in poverty.

Services offered included voter registration, resume services, back to school and youth sports physicals and other health services.

Organizers said it took around a year to plan and coordinate the event with Convoy of Hope, a national faith-based anti-poverty organization.

Bishop Lawrence Wooten said it brought together religious groups that haven’t worked together in the past. 

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750,000 meals
6:39 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Social service agency hits grim numerical milestone

Volunteers at the Bridge in downtown St. Louis have helped the agency serve 750,000 meals in its six years
(via Facebook/The Bridge St. Louis)

On the last Sunday in June, The Bridge – a social service agency operated out of Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis – served its 750,000th  meal.

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.

St. Louis Public Radio’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.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Hunger doesn't take a holiday

Flickr Creative Commons user Victim Public

 

As many Missourians wrap up a weekend marked by celebration and plenty, somewhere near 16% of the state's population struggles with food insecurity.

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