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Documentary, simulation put poverty in spotlight Nov. 10

November 4, 2013

Two events will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at University of Wisconsin-Stout to raise awareness about poverty.

Both events, put on by student staff members of Ally Initiatives for Civil Rights and Civic Responsibility, are free and open to the campus and public.

At 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, the documentary "A Place at the Table" will be shown. Narrated in part by actor and activist Jeff Bridges, the film demonstrates how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural threats to the nation.

After the film, questions for dialogue will be shared and participants can discuss the local ramifications of the issue.

At 3 p.m., also in the Great Hall, students and community members are invited to participate in a poverty simulation.

Originally developed through extension programs in the Midwest, the simulation places participants in family groups. Each "family" has to adjust to the scenario it is given, including how to manage income and other resources and deal with legal requirements necessary in daily living.

Students take part in a poverty simulation.Various simulation officials, acting as government or community contacts, provide help or create roadblocks for the families.

Dunn County Health Department's Wendy MacDougall, Bread for the World/CROP Walk's Julie McNaughton and a volunteer from Stepping Stones food pantry will be on hand to aid in discussion after the simulation.

Registration is required. Students may register at ORGSYNC on campus. Nonstudents should email Mary McManus, assistant director of the student center, to register no later than noon Friday, Nov. 8.

Participants are asked to donate nonperishable food items or cash to support Stepping Stones. According to Stepping Stones, a $10 donation will provide at least $100 worth of food to persons in need.

Along with Ally Initiatives, co-sponsors of the event are the Center for Applied Ethics, Honors College, student chapter of the American Red Cross and UW-Extension.


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