UCO Students Live in Shacks for Poverty Awareness Week

1 Oct

Poverty is a huge issue facing our country, with a significant number of people experiencing homelessness, hunger, and a lack of financial means.  But, this isn’t something that only affects adults – their children suffer as well.  And, unfortunately, Oklahoma ranks as #8 in the country for the number of people per capita going hungry.

To raise awareness of the issue, Poverty Awareness Week will be held this entire week, from October 1-5. Students from the University of Central Oklahoma will be joining the event and have decided to get a glimpse into how devastating the effects of poverty can be.  One of the highlights of the event will be the Shack-a-Thon, where students will live in cardboard boxes for three days. The event will be an illustration of what it is like to live in a shack and experience the fate of having no home and or food to eat.

Students will be divided into teams and each team will building a house structure using basic supplies. This activity is not only to raise awareness, but also to raise funds for the new Central Pantry, which will open on November 9.

After the Shack-a-Thon, a Hunger Simulation will be held at the NUC Cherokee Room the next day. Participants will be able to experience what it is like to have to receive food stamps and other government assistance when you can’t provide it on your own. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will be facilitating the program.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent





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