By Sarah Lang
For the Times Sentinel
Though attendance was sparse, The Caring Center was able to raise more than $20,000 Tuesday, April 23, at the Feeding Our Future event held at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The exact total amount raised was not known Wednesday, said The Caring Center Executive Director Theresa Hanners, because they were still counting it all. The money will go to the Feeding Our Future program, which helps feed children in Boone County living in poverty. The program has a goal of eliminating childhood hunger in the county by 2020.
“It went really well, and we’re still counting money and getting things in,” Hanners said Wednesday. “I think people left really informed and transformed.”
The event began with two poverty simulations, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m., which gave a group of 30 to 40 people new identities and allowed them to role-play for an hour. They were placed in a low-income household and had to get by for one month, paying bills and taking care of children.
Hanners believes the simulation helped raise more money since eyes were opened for those who participated in it. She was a little disappointed in the low turnout, but said she can hold these simulations anywhere at any time. All that’s necessary is 30 to 80 people to participate and 15 supportive volunteers to play roles like a banker or employer.
“That’s what I hope to do,” Hanners said. “I’d love to put one (simulation) on a month.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.