Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 17, 2013

Poverty simulation coming to local seminar

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — Eliminating child hunger in Boone County by 2020 is the goal of the second annual Feeding Our Future, One Child At A Time seminar.

This year’s event, Tuesday, April 23, in the Witham Health Services Pavilion at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds, includes a role-playing experience in living at poverty level.

At this year’s event, for up to 80 people at each of two simulations, following the path to full stomachs will include a one-hour detour into poverty.

Theresa Hanners, executive director of The Caring Center, said the simulation is provided by the Missouri Association for Community Action.

Nearly one in 10 of Boone County’s children are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many children — nearly 2,500, about 22 percent — who were in school in 2011 received free or reduced-price lunches, the Census Bureau said.

During the Community Action Poverty Simulation, a month is compressed into two hours of real time. Participants are placed in a variety of low-income situations and, using simulated money, vouchers and other items, maintain their household while dealing with the everyday issues faced by people in poverty.

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