Wealth and Poverty

Meals Each Day
4:22 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Anti-Hunger Initiative in High-Poverty Schools

U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Gov. McAuliffe, and Rep. Bobby Scott watch as First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe speaks at the announcement.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack joined Virginia’s governor and first lady to announce an $8.8 million federal grant for an anti-hunger initiative in some of the state’s high-poverty schools.

The demonstration project will provide students in selected schools with breakfast, lunch, and after-school supper—as well as non-perishable food to take home on weekends and breaks.

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Piedmont CASA
11:58 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Poverty Simulation: Living Close to the Edge

Credit Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates

Sixteen percent of children in Virginia live in poverty, and one in four families is considered working poor.  They’re in contact with teachers and principals, social workers and psychologists, and in some cases, police and judges, but those professionals may not understand what it means to be poor.

Families with two kids who earn less than $24,000 a year fall below the poverty line, and with that comes some unique challenges.  Alicia Lenahan is president of Piedmont CASA, a group that advocates for abused and neglected children in court.

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Health & Medicine
4:12 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical, Wise, VA
RAM

A nonprofit organization that brings free medical care to underserved communities has announced the establishment of a state office and a permanent presence in Virginia.

“Remote Area Medical” has been offering regular, mobile clinics in Southwest Virginia that have attracted thousands of patients needing care. RAM intends to expand operations—including to other regions of the Commonwealth.

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Building the Ixtatan Foundation
4:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The "New Life" Vacation

Credit Ixtatan Foundation

For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life.  

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Hands-On Micro-Financing
4:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The Money Game

Assistant Professor Akshay Sharma, at center, works with women participating in a micro lending collective, which pays for basic entrepreneurial ventures.

As the saying goes, it takes money to make money.  But where does that leave the four billion people around the world who live below the poverty line? 

A Virginia Tech Professor is tackling that problem from a new perspective.  

Most people have heard the term ‘micro finance.’  Cooperatives lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The concept began in developing nations to help women start their own businesses. Experts say poor people who receive these loans repay them at the astounding rate 99.7%.

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