WKKF Funds Project to Improve Family Economic Security in Gulf South

The Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans has announced a grant of $263,480 over two years from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a project to improve child and family-centered economic security in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Designed to engage communities and faith-based organizations in the two states in efforts to improve child and family-centered economic security, the Economic Security for Vulnerable Families project will work to expand the reach of JSRI's research and education efforts around racial equity, including family income, health insurance coverage, housing affordability, school segregation, wage equity, unemployment, education gaps and equity, and food insecurity.

The project also will conduct a comparison of how the educational needs of families in the region, particularly those of color, are being met and will support the development of new hunger-specific research focused on Louisiana, and on educational equity in Louisiana and Mississippi, two states that rank low on social justice measures.

"Poverty, racial injustice, education gaps, and food insecurity continue to be key issues facing families in Louisiana and Mississippi, two of the most economically poor states in the nation, and with better information, our communities can provide better solutions," said the Rev. Fred Kammer, executive director of JSRI and one of the nation's leading social justice advocates. "Through the Economic Security for Vulnerable Families project, and with generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JSRI will further explore these imbalances, providing new data and research to help public officials, faith-based organizations, and residents better serve our nation's most vulnerable."