Learn what it’s like to live from paycheck to paycheck on a limited income during an upcoming poverty simulation hosted by Purdue Extension Pulaski County. An estimated 13-percent of the population there live at the poverty level. Statewide an estimated 1 in 5 children go hungry on a daily basis. Pulaski County Extension Director Natalie Federer says the program helps people understand the “complexities and frustrations” of living in poverty day to day.” She hopes raising awareness will help to more effectively address poverty issues in the community. The poverty simulation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. EDT at the Winamac Knights of Columbus.
During the Community Action Poverty Simulation exercise, participants role-play the lives of low income families. Some participants will assume the role of a disabled individual, while others will be senior citizens on Social Security. They will then experience firsthand what it’s like to provide necessities and shelter on a limited budget. During four 15-minute “weeks” they will interact with human service agencies, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, police officers, grocers, job interviewers and others.
A meal will be served to participants. RSVP is required by Sept. 19 by calling 574-946-3412.