According to a recent study, more than 262,000 children in Alabama are affected by the devastating effects of poverty every single day. Alabama Possible reports Alabama’s children poverty level is 6% higher than the national average.
From food insecurities to housing instability, there are many factors that can contribute to children living in poverty.
Whether it’s an inconsistency in steady employment, failure of parents to care for their children or things beyond parents’ control, it’s a real issue in today’s society and it’s something local organizations work hard to overcome in our area.
Many local organizations partner with the Lake Martin Area United Way and serve as saviors in our community for those who need the assistance. The Salvation Army provides social services to those in need while TallaCoosa Aid to People (TAP) provides assistance to those in crisis.
Habitat for Humanity is another organization that goes to extreme efforts to help people in our community who are in need. The group builds simple, decent and affordable houses and sells them to deserving families in need at no profit and no interest. This group has made an impact on so many local families.
The Food Bank of East Alabama provides food to the hungry from donated and purchased food to approved agencies.
Jamie Dark runs Backpack Buddies, which helps reduce food insecurity with local elementary and high school students by providing bags of food weekly.
If you know anyone living in poverty in Tallapoosa County, help them get in touch with some agencies that can help. They may not be brave enough to get help or feel ashamed and you could be their voice and make a dramatic difference in their lives.
If you feel compelled to help in other ways, get out and volunteer your time or goods to help these organizations continue to make a difference in our community.