According to a study at Columbia University funded by the National Institute of Health, 4.5% of all deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to poverty (Link to research). And this was before the COVID-19 outbreak! What is the cause of poverty? What does poverty look like in rural, western Illinois? What can we do to combat poverty? To help respond to these questions, we turned to Lt. Sarah B. Eddy of the Canton, IL Salvation Army.
On Friday April 6, 2018 students from Cuba High School had the opportunity to visit Lt. Sarah Eddy at the Salvation Army. This experience was part of our unit on poverty in Fulton County. Students participated in the following activities
- A tour of the facility and overview of the history and mission of the Salvation Army
- A budget simulation: living on low-income wages facing various obstacles in life
- Various service projects that included working in the food pantry and preparing food assistance sacks