More than 20 Orange County officials and residents came together Thursday to brainstorm strategies for reducing poverty.
The kickoff meeting was the first of many needs-assessment sessions for the Family Success Alliance anti-poverty program created last year.
The Family Success Alliance Advisory Council, a group of 22 representatives from local governments and non-profit organizations across the county, hopes to lower the rates of child poverty in Orange County through grassroots outreach and action.
In December, the council decided to target its efforts in Zone 4 and Zone 6 of Orange County. That progress continued with the kickoff meeting, which focused on the needs of Zone 6.
Zone 4 is located between Interstate 40 and Interstate 85, while Zone 6 covers the area from downtown Chapel Hill southwest to N.C. 54.