Racial Wealth Gap Simulation

In the United States, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, it’s caused by poverty. To understand poverty, we have to understand the racial disparities in the United States. One way to explore this issue is the Racial Wealth Gap simulation. Using the material designed by Bread for the World, the facilitators from Hall Hunger Initiative guide participants through a fact-based exercise with specific examples of policies and their consequences. In about an hour, participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color.

Race isn’t an easy topic but the Racial Wealth Gap simulation is good way to begin conversations. If you would like to host a Racial Wealth Gap simulation for your organization or school, email markw.hhi@dayton-unitedway.org and be part of the discussion. 

What is the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation?

The Racial Wealth Gap Simulation is an interactive tool to help people understand the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth. It is a good first step for people unaware of structural inequality, a support tool for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality, and a source of information for experts who want to know the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today’s racial hunger, income, and wealth divides.- Bread for the World Institute

The Racial Wealthy Gap Simulation was led by HHI former Manager, Etana Jacobi. HHI facilitated over 250 people during the Montgomery County, Ohio Food Summit 2018 at the Ray & Joan Kroc Coprs Community Center.

Hall Hunger Initiative Promotes Equity!

At the Hall Hunger Initiative, we understand there are vast disparities in our community stemming from historical policies. We also understand it is difficult to share these historical policy ramifications. If your institution or organization needs assistance with facilitating the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation, please let us know and we would be happy to provide the materials and facilitators. We can facilitate anywhere from 8-250 people. If you would like more information about what the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation itself, please visit the Bread for the World Institute link below.


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