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USDA Initiative Launched in West Virginia to Fight Poverty
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on March 14, 2014 @ 8:01PM
Created on March 14, 2014 @ 6:24PM

Hunger is just one issue that people face when it comes to living in poverty.

It's an issue that's getting worse which is why the United States Department of Agriculture announced a new initiative in West Virginia on Friday.

The program is called StrikeForce and it's being used in 20 states. It's meant to address rural poverty across America. There are 29 counties in West Virginia which will receive extra aid.

The goal is to improve economic growth, increase job opportunities, and enhance overall quality of life by pooling together resources of multiple USDA agencies.

By working together and putting strategic plans in place for each county officials hope to make a big difference.

Dr. Gregory L. Parham is the USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration. He said, "Efficiency and effectiveness are key to successful implementation of these programs. We've often ahd programs like this, but we haven't always had access in persistent poverty communities."

Approximately 20% of people living in rural areas In West Virginia live below the poverty line.

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