Unequal opportunities and access to resources is another factor that strains community. More than 40% of our school age children qualify for free and reduced price lunch. Our school district is experimenting with different approaches to ensure that all children have the food they need to learn. Many of our children also lack access to regular health care, including needed mental health resources. In 2012 our county passed a tax to create a Children’s Services Fund, and recently launched a new Family Access Center to connect families to needed resources. But a recent study also showed Boone County to be one of the least likely counties to provide a path out of poverty. Much more can be done to reduce inequities in our community. What would you propose?
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