The Greater Mankato Area United Way is hosting its first-ever public poverty simulation next week.
Community Impact Director Elizabeth Harstad says nearly 80 people will be given a scenario and a budget that mirrors a family living in poverty, and will have to figure out how to make it work.
Harstad says the intent is to make people more aware of what it’s like for low income families.
In Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur, and Waseca Counties – the Greater Mankato Area United Way service area – Harstad says it’s an issue about one in ten families struggle with.
The organization hopes to ignite social change concerning the issue of regional poverty.