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Host a Poverty Simulation at your Business or Organization
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 It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel.

 The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  It allows participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their organizations and community.  It is a simulation, not a game.  The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low income people and how it impacts the way they interact with other institutions, agencies, schools, health care facilities and the community at large. As one participant commented, "This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth "that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!"

 In the simulation, participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty.  Some families are newly unemployed, some are single parents, some are homeless, some are working and some are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to for Needy Families).  Still others are senior citizens receiving Disability or retirement or grandparents raising their grandchildren.  The task of the ”families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks”.

 The experience lasts approximately 2  hours.  It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise and a debriefing period.

Link to the Newton Medical Center  Poverty Simulation Video:

If you are interested, call Dianna Morrison at 973-862-6680

The NORWESCAP Food Bank, one of only five Feeding America food banks in the state of New Jersey, distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each year to over 100 charitable agencies in Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren counties.  During the holiday season we are blessed that so many people take the time to think of their neighbors in need and to assist in our mission to aid in hunger relief. 

Try and hold on to that holiday spirit.  Unfortunately, people who are hungry are hungry all year long.  In the cold winter months ahead, they will be particularly vulnerable.  We encourage everyone to continue their generosity of spirit by donating food and funds in January and February when the need becomes critical.
We thank all our donors for their unwavering support and we invite others to join us in the fight against hunger. 

Let’s keep the holiday spirit alive by providing for those who are not as fortunate as we are.

All the best to you and yours for a joyful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and plenty.

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program Inc.
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