LOGAN, W.Va. -- Community leaders in West Virginia's coalfields are gathering to discuss solutions to child poverty.
A forum is scheduled for Saturday at Southern Community and Technical College in Logan.
At the event, parents, policy advocates, service providers, religious leaders, labor and business leaders will ask legislators to make public commitments to a policy platform to address the issue.
Officials with the American Friends Service Committee say the statewide platform was developed and voted on through a process of 47 community meetings, and outreach to more than 250 stakeholders.
The group says 30 percent of children age 6 and younger in Logan County live in poverty. Officials hope the forum will generate a strong commitment from both legislators and community members to champion an end to child poverty.