Community Food Experience & Poverty Simulation

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families, but unless you have experienced it firsthand, it is difficult to realize the depth and complexity of the situation faced by many in our community. To achieve a better understanding of the challenges facing our under-resourced neighbors, Second Harvest hosts The Community Food Experience and Poverty Simulation. These unique, enlightening trainings help individuals grasp what life is like when faced with a lack of resources.

The Community Food Experience is a 90-minute interactive simulation that challenges participants to manage a tight budget and stay within nutritional guidelines when faced with true-to-life challenges.

The Poverty Simulation is a 3-hour transformative, role-playing experience that demonstrates what life is like during a given month for families who may be living in poverty.

During these simulations, participants examine poverty through a different lens then share their observations and insights from the activity at a guided debrief. The debrief allows participants to discover bias they may have held, explore barriers in their community, and discuss solutions.

The Community Food Experience and Poverty Simulation are made available to the public free of charge through the generous support of our sponsors. Sign up individually, register as a group, or volunteer to help by registering at

Upcoming Community Trainings