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Columbus officials discuss poverty issues

(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM) (Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)
(Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM) (Source: Matt Clegg/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Division of Family and Children Services Director, Bobby Cagle, and local panel members held a town hall meeting to discuss poverty and the impact it has on children and families.

They discussed how the division can work in partnership with community organizations to strengthen families and make children safer.

The event took place at Columbus Technical College.

A total of 17,000 children live in poverty in Muscogee County and 21 percent of the population of Muscogee County don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

The Division's Blueprint for Change is a three-tier approach that encompasses robust workforce development, a practice model, and constituent engagement.

Bobby Cagle says one of the key factors in children breaking the poverty cycle is education.

 “They are starting from behind and they often times do not have a good education. Education is what really helps most of us lift ourselves from poverty to a higher standard of living,” said Cagle.

This is the second round of town halls that DFACS office had held around the state.

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