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HINTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- A group met in Summers County to discuss child poverty.

The "Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty" held the last of their state-wide community meetings in Hinton Monday.

The group works with WV state lawmakers to help make the future brighter for children.

Monday's meeting brought leaders and residents together for an open discussion about the problem right here in Southern West Virginia.

Statistics show that one in three young children live in poverty in the state, and this group wants to change that.

They've created several proposals-- like in-home family education to promote student success, increasing students' access to healthy foods, community revitalization, and substance abuse treatment.

They believe these platforms could prove successful in reducing child poverty rates in the state.

Now, in this series of community meetings, they are asking local communities whether they think that would be effective, too.

But this meeting wasn't just a discussion-- it was also a way to share information about what's already out there to help these children.

"We have a lot of resources to help families. And as a small county I think we utilize our services well. We all coordinate and work together. So that's kind of what this is, it's a way to share information and come up with some solutions," said Beth Sizemore, Executive Director of the Reachh Resource Center.

There will be a public vote on the ideas the "Our Children, Our Future Campaign" has come up with, next week.

It's on Friday, December 13th in Parkersburg.

The ideas with the most votes will be platforms the group will push during the next legislative session.

For more information, visit www.wvhealthykids.org.
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