To combat this problem, community leaders held an Eastern Panhandle "Our Children, Our Future" Forum. Dozens of faith-based and non-profit organizations came to streamline their efforts from advocacy, feeding and intervention programs. Then families suffering from hunger spoke directly to legislators.
"Find people in the community, who are willing and able, to speak to the issues that they're feeling, experiencing, what's going on in their lives, so that agencies like the ones you see surrounding us here right now, as well as our legislators, can do something about that," says Reverend Dr. Ed Grove, community pastor.
Leaders focused on policy ranging from Medicaid expansion, family violence prevention, truancy, drugs and food in schools; all geared toward ending childhood poverty.