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Dordt College recognizes Justice Week

April 8, 2013

National Justice Week is April 8 through 12, and the Dordt College Justice Matters Club is hosting a week of events on campus that focus on poverty and hunger.

The public is invited to attend the showing of A Place at the Table: One Nation, Underfed. The documentary, released last month, will be shown Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Ribbens Academic Complex Room 1144/1148.

The film sheds light on the problem of hunger in the United States. Fifty million people in the U.S., one in four children, don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The documentary examines this issue by following the lives of three people living in poverty. A Place at the Table shows the serious economic, social, and cultural implications for the nation, and offers solutions for solving the problem of poverty.

In addition to the film, several students are participating in a Food Stamp Challenge where they will try to eat according to the food stamp benefits program, spending between $1 and $1.50 per meal. Also, the junior social work majors will offer a poverty simulation for the campus community on Tuesday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Campus Center rooms 318 and 319. Participants take part in four 15-minute “weeks” in which they encounter and discuss struggles common to low-income families.

Abby Foreman, social work professor, said the simulation is “a valuable experience for the juniors because they are learning how to plan and how to lead discussions, and they're also gaining an understanding of what low-income families deal with and the stresses in their lives.”

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