September 15, 2015
Press Release
Congressman Spends Day Meeting with Organizations Committed to Fighting Poverty

SYRACUSE, NY – As part of his continued focus on combating poverty in Central New York, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today visited several organizations and community outreach groups that provide meals and nutrition aid, human services, educational and literacy outreach, and homelessness assistance programming.


“As Central New York’s Representative in Congress, I’ve made it a priority to raise awareness and focus on finding solutions to the devastating rate of poverty in our community,” said Rep. John Katko today during a visit to the First English Lutheran Church Food Pantry in the City of Syracuse.  “That’s why I’m spending today visiting some of the many excellent organizations in Central New York committed to helping individuals and families in our community rise out of poverty.”


Since taking office in January, Rep. Katko has prioritized poverty and education in our community, noting that Syracuse has one of the highest child poverty rates of any major upstate New York city with a graduation rate in Syracuse city schools below 50 percent. 


“Poverty hurts all of Central New York – not just those who live it every day.  This is an epidemic that requires our entire community’s attention,” continued Katko.  “We need to create strong educational and job opportunities so that individuals living in poverty can take steps into personal achievement and economic stability.”


In addition to visiting the First English Lutheran Church Food Bank, Congressman Katko has stops planned today at Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, Catholic Charities, and will end the day serving a meal at the Samaritan Center.


“There is no question that there is work to do in Washington to help effect positive change, but service organizations throughout our community are on the front lines each day helping to put individuals and families living in poverty on the path to self-sufficiency,” concluded Rep. Katko. “I’m proud to stand beside some of these organizations today to help them in their work to help end multi-generational poverty and create a stronger Central New York.” 


Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.