Public forum on ‘Intersection of community and child poverty’ set for Wednesday

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The Page County Public Forum will host an online, virtual discussion on “The Intersection of Community and Child Poverty” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5.

Four speakers have been asked to share their insights on the topic, including:

• Virginia Jefferies, Supervisor of Nutritional Services for Page County Public Schools

Jefferies has worked to expand year-round meal access for families in Page County. She has lead staff in developing Meals on the Bus, helped supply free meals for kids at events, started an At-Risk Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, enrolled the elementary schools in the Community Eligibility Provision, and has created meal customization models in schools. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nutritional Services Department has leveraged USDA waivers to expand access to meals for Page County residents.

• Audre King, CEO, Living Legacy Luray

Owner of West Luray Recreation Center, King is a community leader and pastor of ER Church. King launched to support the redevelopment of the Rec Center, which also holds services for ER Church. With the mission of providing a homebase for the community, the West Luray Rec Center provides tutoring, mentoring, a feeding and clothing program, and many structured opportunities to volunteer and assist in building-up the Page County community.

• Tina Knupp, Sexual Assault Program Coordinator, Choices-Council on Domestic Violence

Knupp has been with Choices in Page County for more than 17 years and specializes in intimate partner violence with a focus on sexual abuse / violence. She is also a certified trainer for law enforcement through the Department of Criminal Justice Services and is a certified trauma professional.

• Lois Shaffer, Director of Operations, Page One of Page County, Inc.

Shaffer oversees the direction and coordination of Page One. A charitable organization whose mission is to help Page County community members needing family assistance as a result of unemployment, sickness, financial need, homelessness or food insecurity.

Wednesday’s forum will be hosted by Bianka Warrick, a 2019 Luray High School graduate who has participated in previous Page County Public Forum events. This week’s event will be followed by upcoming forums on the Page County Economy in July, Broadband in August, and the county’s new Drug Court in September. 

Wednesday evening’s virtual forum may be joined on Zoom with the following:

• Meeting ID: 820 0086 4690

• Passcode: 789201



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