Food security groups to host South Plains Hunger Summit Tuesday

Food security groups to host South Plains Hunger Summit Tuesday
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - South Plains Hunger Solutions and the Texas Hunger Initiative will host the Together at the Table: South Plains Hunger summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Knipling Conference Center at Covenant Health System, located at 21st Street and Louisville Avenue.

The highlight of the summit will be a poverty simulation facilitated by faculty and staff from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing according to a SPHS news release. The activity is meant to give people a look into what individuals who face hunger go through on a daily basis.

Tickets for the summit cost $12 but those wishing to participate in the poverty simulation can do so for free. Students who want to attend can get in free if they provide a food donation which will then be given to the Texas Tech campus food pantry.

"We chose to begin this year's Summit with a unique experience that could help people better understand how poverty impacts our community," Andy Black, regional director of the Texas Hunger Initiative's Lubbock office, said in the release. "One in four children across the South Plains struggles with hunger, along with one in six adults. The goal of this exercise is to move forward a dialogue about the issues our neighbors face and how we can all best respond."

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