Hunger Simulation Shows Impacts Of Poverty

Western students and staff had the opportunity to experience hunger and poverty in a special simulation on Monday, March 26.

The event, called “Food for Today,” was a 90-minute, interactive hunger simulation. The exercise reproduced the challenges that confront low-income individuals and families struggling to have enough food to eat.

The simulation was role play, where participants assumed the roles of a variety of students, including middle-class and students struggling with extreme needs and poverty. The role each participant played determined their income and the available resources to each participant. Using those resources, each participant sought to secure enough food to feed themselves and their families through three simulated days.

Those who attended the event said the simulation was eye-opening.