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The Community Action Agency of Northeast Missouri, located in Kirksville, Missouri, or CAPNEMO, serves Adair, Clark, Knox, Schuyler, and Scotland counties. They will be hosting an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at their Central Office at 215 N. Elson, from 11:00 a.m. till  2:00 pm. Local businesses and community members are invited to stop by and enjoy cake and punch, as well as meet and greet with the staff behind Community Action.

50 years ago, our nation launched an “unconditional war on poverty” and created a variety of programs and services dedicated to addressing poverty in the United States. One of the success stories of that effort was, and continues to be, the creation of Community Action Agencies across our great country.  In the state of Missouri, there are 19 Community Action Agencies at work every day helping our friends, neighbors and family members that are struggling with economic insecurity.

Missouri’s poverty rate has risen 20% in the last five years and community action agencies can’t keep up with the demand. National studies show without such interventions, poverty rates would be much higher. Statewide, almost 1 million people are living below the federal poverty line, and nearly 10,000 people in Northeast Missouri.

As a result of programs targeting poverty like Head Start, Energy Assistance, Weatherization, and low-income housing, CAPNEMO helps children, the elderly and entire families achieve self-sufficiency. In order to continue this fight and commemorate this historic year, CAPNEMO is working to educate Missourians about our state and local poverty statistics. They will be hosting a Hunger Banquet on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 to educate state and local officials on the effects on poverty in Northeast Missouri.

To request a speaker, or to discuss local poverty statistics, contact Michelle Chrisman at (660) 665-9555 or go online at