There's no quick fix to end poverty in Reading.

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts gathered Monday morning with city officials at Reading Area Community College to tackle poverty issues.

Pitts said government spending on anti-poverty and hunger programs has gone way up in the last four years, but the poverty rate has stayed the same.

The goal of Monday's forum, Pitts said, is to find innovative ways to combat poverty.

The latest Census data puts Reading as the second poorest city in the nation, behind Detroit.