Lunch and game highlight plight of P.E.I.'s low income families
A simple game and a low budget meal helped a church group demonstrate the difficulty some P.E.I. families have living on a tight budget.
The social justice and outreach committee at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown hosted an event centred around lunch on a low income.
"We're going to play a game that will demonstrate how difficult it is for many people on P.E.I., the working poor and people on social assistance, to put a decent diet on the table for their families."
After enjoying a simple nutritious meal, each participant was given $2,175 in fake money. That amount is what a family of four on social assistance would receive each month to cover all their living expenses.
At the end of the game, about half the participants did not have enough to cover all their bills and unexpected costs.
The lunch was also a fundraiser for the Christmas food hampers the church prepares and provides to a number of families each year.