A Simulated Activity in Understanding Poverty, presented by Manna FoodBank

Explore the challenges faced by those struggling to make ends meet.

Pinched is a guided role play exploration of poverty. For one hour, each participant will take on the life and responsibilities of someone who is struggling financially.

Pinched addresses many different forms of poverty; no two characters or scenarios are the same. As our scenarios are modeled after people whom Manna has worked with, Pinched reflects the challenges that people are facing right here in western North Carolina.

Participants may find it difficult to fulfill basic responsibilities like paying rent, buying groceries, or just making sure that their children are safe. Pinched reveals how poverty hinders people in many unexpected ways, and how these hindrances compound each other. The simulation is followed by a guided discussion during which participants can reflect on their experience.

While much of the county has recovered from the recession, western North Carolina is struggling with a slower economic recovery. Pinched aims to generate awareness of the realities of poverty and to help participants recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities—including what steps they could personally take for a bigger collective impact.

Join Manna FoodBank for an event that promises to change your perspective and equip you with a deeper understanding of how you can serve your community.

Pinched takes place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Hughes Building, 46 Aston Street. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. To sign up for a session, email Christa.Lance@


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