Community Gathers for Child Poverty Forum


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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Members of our community gathered Monday to brainstorm about ways to fight and prevent child poverty.

Children and Poverty: A Community Crisis, was a forum sponsored by La Crosse's AMOS organization, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the League of Women Voters, Viterbo University, the La Crosse County Human Services Department & Family Policy Board, and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

Jim Moeser, of the WCCF, said La Crosse County has the second highest child poverty rate in the state.

He defined a poor child as one living in a household with an income of $22-thousand or less.

Monday's forum also featured presentations and small group discussion with the goal of finding ways our community can combat child poverty.

Lawmakers from the County Board and La Crosse City Council, as well as state lawmakers Jill Billings (D, 95thAssembly), Jennifer Shilling (D, 32nd Senate) and Steve Doyle (D, 94th Assembly) were all in attendance.