Business Partners with Local Organizations to Curb Child Poverty
More than 22 percent of Georgia’s children live in food-insecure households. According to Georgia’s Kids Count, which is part of a national project that tracks the well-being of children in the U.S., the number of children living in poverty in the state has reached more than 610,000.
Local businesses and organizations, including Teleperformance, United Way and others, are joining together with nonprofits to lower those figures.
“United Way and our VISTAs are eager to provide assistance in helping fight the battle of hunger,” Angela Collins, United Way’s community impact director, said in a statement.
Feed the Children, one of the largest international charities in the United States, will deliver a tractor-trailer full of food and essentials to help local children in need on Thursday, November 16.
Volunteers will help distribute over 20,000 pounds of food and essential hygiene items to 400 families with children, including veterans and military families experiencing the effects of poverty in Richmond, Columbia and Burke Counties.
Burke County has been ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as the most child poverty-stricken county in the nation.
Local customer relations management company Teleperformance will help fund the initiative in partnership with United Way.
Among the groups aiding in the initiative are the Augusta Partnership for Children, Augusta Warrior Project, Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries, The Lydia Project, New Bethlehem Community Center, the Salvation Army and others.