The Community Against Poverty (CAP) coalition was convened by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in early 2008 as an outgrowth of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs “There Shall Be No Needy Among You” initiative.
Mission Statement of CAP
Community Against Poverty (CAP) is a broad-based coalition of St. Louis area interfaith and civic organizations coordinated by the JCRC. The problems of poverty run deep in our nation. Poverty impacts the ability of individuals and families to live their lives with dignity. It prevents individuals from obtaining quality education for their children, from meeting basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, and from finding living wage jobs. CAP believes that every person has the right to live in a safe and healthy environment and access to quality, affordable healthcare.
CAP is dedicated to combating poverty through education, advocacy, and service.
CAP Member Organizations
Currently, the following organizations are members of the CAP Coalition, in addition to the JCRC.
The current CAP chair is Renee Marver.
CAP Early Childhood Education Committee
This committee focuses on efforts to increase access to high quality, affordable early childhood education to children in need, and engages in direct service, education and advocacy to further this goal. Currently, the committee is working with the organizations Child Care Aware and United4Children to provide community volunteers to work directly with targeted child care center directors in North St. Louis City and County. The purpose is to help these centers improve their respective business models and to provide them with professional expertise so they can thrive, grow and gain accreditation.
CAP Hunger Task Force
This committee focuses on educational and advocacy efforts to alleviate the problem of food insecurity locally and at the state level and national level. Members of the Task Force meet with elected officials and their staffs to promote passage of meaningful legislation, such as Child Nutrition Reauthorization, to increase food access to low-income children and families. Efforts of the Task Force also include providing resources and working to close gaps so that more food can be made available to those in need in the St. Louis region.
The CAP Hunger Task Force has created the brochure called “Guide to Services for the Hungry” which provides a comprehensive list of services offered within the Jewish community to provide food to individuals and families in need. For copies of the brochure, contact the JCRC office at 314-442-3871.
The CAP Hunger Task Force helps organize the annual Interfaith Hunger Seder each spring.
The current Chair is Lou Albert, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.