Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of War on Poverty in his 1964 State of the Union, which included the expansion of Social Security, The Food Stamps Act, The Economic Opportunity Act and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
In the 50 years since the speech we have learned that alleviating poverty is very complex. Human Service agencies have to provide both a safety net and social services to those living in poverty.
For four decades, Met Council has been at the forefront of helping individuals find immediate relief and lasting solutions to poverty. Through a variety of programs and services Met Council works to aid sustain and empower our clients.
For more information Take the War on Poverty quiz to test your knowledge or watch part of President Johnson’s speech.