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Hunger Awareness Week, April 28-May 2

The Sociology of Family Course in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Zion Lutheran Church will host ”Hunger Awareness Week“ on April 28- May 2, 2014.  Events are listed below:

All Week:
Non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the Sociology Department, 102 McElhaney Hall, as well as at the film screening and poverty simulation.

Wednesday, April 30: 
Film “A Place at the Table” — 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the HUB Delaware Room.
50 Million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

Friday, May 2:
Poverty Simulation — 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. 
The Poverty Simulation will be facilitated by staff from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and will focus on the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources staffed by low-income volunteers.

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