Citing high rates of local poverty, representatives of the area’s Poverty Roundtable fanned out across downtown Tuesday in the hope of bringing attention to the persistent, complex and often misunderstood problem.

It was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Roundtable staff and volunteers took to the streets at noon to distribute information to the public.

“This is a cross-country movement focusing on ending poverty,” said Christine Durant, director of the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, a non-profit group uniting area agencies and citizens to take action against poverty.