LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Lynchburg leaders are launching a new effort to fight poverty.
The topic was a focus of Monday night's "State of the City" address.
Lynchburg's mayor and vice mayor say they want everyone in their community to make reducing the poverty rate a top priority.
"It is unacceptable for Lynchburg to have a poverty rate of 24 percent," said Mayor Joan Foster.
City leaders say addressing poverty will be an ongoing issue that requires help from civic and religious groups.
To kick off their efforts, the city will host an event called "From Poverty to Progress" on Saturday May 4 at E.C. Glass High School.