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MASON CITY, IA – Thousands of people across the country took on the challenge of living below the poverty line this week and today marks the last day of the experience.
All week-long, people were asked to see if they can live below the global poverty line of $1.50 spent on food per day.
KIMT News Three’s Levi Ismail took the challenge and says the experience was eye-opening, although one local leader says, this is only one aspect of poverty.
“When you’re talking about $1.50 a day, that’s only one piece of poverty. The food and nutrition. Your also talking about housing and many other issues. Transportation to work, there is such a variety of things that keep people in poverty,” said Senator Amanda Ragan who also acts as Executive Director of the North Iowa Community Kitchen in Mason City.
Ragan states that despite the level of poverty that we see on television from time to time, nothing is compared to seeing it for yourself.
“Engaging people in the process to me is one of the best things that we do here. This community has been very generous, whether it’s the super markets or the volunteers. They understand that it’s a good thing to help people who are going through these struggles,” said Ragan.-
She also notes that while nutrition does play a major reason in poverty, it’s not the only reason. We also need to be concerned about the housing and transportation issues that keep people in poverty.