Students in the Shenandoah Valley are getting a taste of what it's like to face hunger. As part of Blue Ridge Community College's weeklong Virginia Hunger Symposium, classes went through a hunger simulation Wednesday. The point was to put them in the situations impoverished people face every day trying to put food on the table.
Students went to different tables and pretended to go shopping. The idea was to compare prices at different types of restaurants. They also applied for aid programs to see what the process was like. Organizers say the experience should enlighten and humble participants.
"The reality of poverty in the valley is that most of the people who use the services of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank are the working poor, so these people string together two or three jobs to make ends meet," said John Downey, president of BRCC.
On Thursday evening, there's a benefit dinner. The Empty Bowl Dinner will be held in Plecker Workforce Center at 6 p.m. On Friday, Brass 5 will play a benefit concert at the Fine Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m.
This week's events will raise money for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Click here for more information on the Virginia Hunger Symposium.