FHSU hosting hunger banquet

HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Office of Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Student Government, ProjectSERV AmeriCorps and McMindes Residential Hall staff will sponsor Fort Hays State University's first Oxfam America hunger banquet.

The hunger banquet is a dramatic representation of the inequitable distribution of the world's abundant food supply. It is divided into three separate areas to represent low, middle to high-income countries. Participants will draw numbers to determine in which area they will be seated.

Fifteen percent of participants who draw have the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet meal in the high-income area, 30 percent will eat a simple meal such as beans and rice, while 55 percent will sit on the floor eating rice and drinking water.

This separation is designed to help participants empathize with the trials and tribulations of the world's hungry and to help them learn what they can do to help.

The banquet will take place at FHSU in the Memorial Union's Black and Gold Room on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6-8 p.m. The free tickets can be obtained until Nov. 20 at the Student Service Center, across from the bookstore in the Memorial Union. Only 250 are available.

Guest speakers will discuss local, national and global hunger. Participants are asked to bring canned or non-perishable food items, toiletries, laundry detergent or anything else that can help local families. These donations will be given to the local Community Assistance Center.

To continue the theme, participants are asked to bring a spoon to keep garbage production down.

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