Leaders of a pilot program to combat poverty met for a training session Thursday in Meridian.
Neshoba and Lauderdale counties are participating in "Turning the Tide on Poverty". It's organized by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which is looking for individuals to share their ideas for solutions.
Participants are being sought for a study circle to meet once a week for 5 weeks.
"There are so many people out there from all walks of life who have never had a voice in expressing their opinion in what causes poverty and what can be done about it in the local community," said Susan Cosgrove of the MSU Extension Service.
Leaders trained Thursday for two workshops being held next month:
Kick-Off Event for Lauderdale County will be held Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at EMEPA on Hwy 39 N in Meridian. Free. Public is invited.
Kick-Off Event for Neshoba County will be held Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia. Free. Public is invited.
Contact: Susan Cosgrove, (601) 635-2268