Episcopal Church to host special program on poverty in Chenango

NORWICH – A special program focused on poverty in Chenango County – Poverty in Rural America and our Christian Response – will be offered to the general public at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 37 West Main St.

Led by Father Charles Taylor, pastor at the Emmanuel, St. Andrew’s and St Matthew’s Episcopal churches, the program will feature guest speakers Ken Smith, executive director at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County, and Katha Root, WIC program coordinator with Opportunities For Chenango. According to Taylor, it’s an opportunity for residents countywide to educate themselves on fundamental changes that are taking place at what he called a rapid pace in America, particularly as it concerns the impoverished.

“If you still have a warm, comfortable home to sleep in, you should be thankful,” said Taylor, who oversees St. Andrew’s food pantry, which serves a number of families in the New Berlin area each year. “It’s easy to disregard the statistics we see today, and there are many people who believe that there is no such thing as rural poverty.”

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