Church hosts faith summit on child poverty in Spartanburg

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Wednesday, First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg will host a two-day faith summit on child poverty in Spartanburg. 

The church invited several local faith based organizations to the summit. First Presbyterian event liaison Martha Chapman said it’s best to have people of all faiths tackling the issue of poverty. 

The summit covers data from the Racial Equity Index.

In Spartanburg County, African American and Hispanic children have more than double the rate of poverty than whites children.

Additionally, an estimate of more than 17,000 Hispanic and African American children were living below the federal poverty line in 2016.

Chapman said it’s numbers like those that caused her church pastor to reach out to other faith leaders in Spartanburg to work together towards change. 

 “A lot of times the work is done for, not necessarily with, the poor. So, we want to be able to equip them to make these changes in their lives and to understand why changing some of their systems is going make them better,”Chapman said. 

Chapman noted the Racial Equity Index found 46% of kids in the city of Spartanburg live at or below the federal poverty line.

The Faith Summit on Child Poverty: Wednesday, April 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg at  6:00pm-8:30pm  and then continues on Thursday, April 11, from 8:30am – 3:30 pm.

Snacks and lunch will be served, to learn more about it click here  

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