MBF Fellows Learn A 700 Pound Lesson
During the Social & Human Services session held earlier this month, MBF Fellows received an overview of the resources available within the region to address a variety of human-centered challenges. In addition to presentations by expert panelists, the group engaged in a hands-on simulation that challenged them to secure food and household items for one month within a modest, but realistic budget that included public assistance.
The “Making Ends Meet” exercise allowed Fellows to experience the real-life challenges faced every day by families living in poverty. As groups roamed the aisles of Food Lion at Ballou Park, they had to pay particular attention to their budgets and restrictions associated with public assistance like WIC.
God’s Storehouse was on hand to collect the items purchased during the simulation. As a result, over 700 pounds of food and other personal items were donated to the organization for distribution in our community.
Special thanks to Food Lion at Ballou Park and God’s Storehouse for helping make this activity a success!