The United Way of the Piedmont made a presentation to Spartanburg County Council on Monday July 18, showing that in Spartanburg County, 17.8% of all individuals live in poverty.
Another statistic that alarmed some in attendance was that 28.3% of all children live in poverty.
After the presentation, organizers unveiled a new financial stability task force created to help stop more people from entering into a state of poverty and bring more people in the county to self sustainability.
The UWP set the goal of moving 2000 families the path to self-sufficiency in 2000 days or just over 5 years.
The task force met Wednesday, day 133 of the challenge to discuss the keys to self sufficiency like transportation, affordable housing and night shift childcare.
Employers and businesses can help by asking the UWP to bring a poverty simulation to their workplace or volunteer with the program.
To find out more visit uwpiedmont.org