Students Simulate Hardships of Being Poor

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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BLUE RIDGE, Va. (WHSV) -- A local college teamed up with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to show students what it would be like to be poor and hungry.

Students at Blue Ridge Community College simulated visits to social services Wednesday.

The students applied for SNAP, went grocery shopping, visited the WIC clinic, received help from a food pantry and even weighed their options at fast food restaurants and farmers' markets.

For two students, the simulation was all too realistic.

"My husband and I would, to conserve our food, not eat so our children would have food." said Ashley Tyner, BRCC student.

"It was very realistic. The situations that they gave, the being turned down all the time, being told you make too much, having to decide whether to work and pay your rent or not work and feed yourself and your child." said Laura Siever, BRCC student.

The simulation was part of the seventh annual Virginia Hunger Symposium.


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