Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor



POVERTY: The Working Poor

Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 – 8 pm Fox Theatre, Tucson (FREE)

Join Michael McDonald of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and other local panelists on Feb 12th at 6:30pm at the Fox Theatre for an engaging and informative discussion on poverty in Southern Arizona! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Want to learn more? Visit

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is participating in a solution-driven conversation on the challenges and potential solutions to poverty in Southern Arizona at Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor.  Do you have questions you want answered? Email


Tucson’s poverty rates remained among the nation’s highest last year, with one in five living below the poverty threshold. Although Pima County’s poverty rate held steady in 2012 at 20 percent, the poverty rate among children was 29 percent. Many elderly, veterans, and single mothers in Pima County are struggling each and every day to survive; even while working one, two, sometimes three jobs. They just might be your neighbor, or a family member. How does one become part of the ‘working poor’? Who is doing what to help? Is it working? How does one escape poverty? Talking won’t solve the problem but perhaps by bringing people and ideas together we can move the needle towards sustained, positive change.

Neal Conan, award-winning journalist, producer, and former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation will moderate the first Community Interactive: POVERTY :The Working Poor. Joining him will be a panel of educators, social service professionals, and others working every day to help people in need. Including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s President & CEO Michael McDonald!

POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be free to the public. The community is encouraged to participate and submit questions prior to the event at, on azpm’s facebook page or Select questions will be presented at the live event for discussion.

Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be streamed live at, and available on demand and broadcast on WORLD on Wednesday, February 19 at 9:30 p.m. and on the UA Channel on Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

AZPM will feature the issue on news programming including, AZ Illustrated on PBS 6 and on NPR 89.1.

The series is produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, with support from COX Communications and the Arizona Daily Star.