MLK Day of Service showcases the need to help the working-poor (video)

Across the state on Monday many people commemorated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a day of service, volunteering their time with various community service projects.

Dr. Peter Morris, executive director of Urban Ministries of Wake County, joined us over the weekend to discuss the importance of engaging the community to advocate for those living in poverty.

Morris notes that while the economy has improved over the past year, many jobs are not paying a living wage, and many in our community do not have the healthcare they need.

Urban Ministries of Wake County provides food to more than 8,000 needy families and 9,500 children annually. The nonprofit’s Open Door Clinic provides in excess of 6,000 medical visits each year to uninsured adults.

“Of all the things we do, food insufficiency is the one that is on the rise,” explained Morris “Working people, working at the edge, just a little bit changes in that household – a bill here, a bill there – and they are not going to be able to  meet that food [need] for the month.”

Click below to hear Dr. Morris talk about the misconceptions of those living in poverty. A podcast of the full radio interview is available here:

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