Boone County workshop simulates, raises attention to poverty

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BOONE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Boone County Hunger Coalition hosted a workshop to raise awareness of the struggles for those who live in poverty.

The organization put together a poverty summit to learn more about poverty in Northern Illinois.

Using a simulation kit, participants role played the lives of low-income families and took on the task of providing for basic necessities and shelter. The participants simulated living on a limited one-month budget and interacted with human service agencies, bill collectors and job interviewers.

Organizers say the goal of the simulation is to have participants understand poverty from a variety of angles and think of ways to help reduce poverty in the community.

"We have people of all different ages, backgrounds, races, genders, ethnicities dealing with issues related to poverty and food insecurities," said Amanda Mehl, Boone County Hunger Coalition Chair. "So we want to bring those issues to light and figure out what the next steps are to move forward in addressing them."

There is a $15 registration fee for the simulation.A percentage of
the registration fee will go to Boone County food pantries to help poverty-stricken individuals in need.