The United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore kicked off it’s 2019-20 campaign Wednesday at their annual kick off breakfast at the Workforce Development Center at Eastern Shore Community College. This year’s goal is $250,000. Steve Kast, President of the Virginia Peninsula United Way told those in attendance that the Eastern Shore has a high number of households in poverty or in ALICE an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but less than the basic cost of living for the county. Combined, the number of ALICE and poverty-level households represents the percentage of the overall population struggling to meet basic needs.
In 2016 Accomack County had 7,739 or 56% of its households either below the poverty line or under the ALICE threshold. Northampton in 2016, 2,791 or 55% of its households were either below the poverty line or under the ALICE threshold.
Kast said that everyone giving a little can make a big difference.