During National Poverty Awareness Month, it’s important to remember how many households across the Greater Kansas City area are struggling, especially with inflation. The six-county region served by United Way of Greater Kansas City has a population of more than 1.9 million people, and more than 200,000 individuals are living below the poverty line — 18,000 of those being children under the age of five.
United Way 211 is a 24/7 connection to agencies and resources for anyone in a time of need. Todd Jordan, Executive Director of 211 & Vice President of Community Impact, reports that the current top requests are for the simple needs in life: rent, utiltiy and food assistance. Our 211 community resource navigators are available to connect those in need to resources available through our partner agencies, such as Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Community Services League, and Metro Lutheran Ministry.
Together, we can help fight poverty in our community through donations, volunteering, and activism.