Raising awareness of world hunger issues is the goal of an Oxfam Hunger Banquet planned for the Tusculum College campus on Wednesday, April 14. The event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons.
For admittance to the banquet, individuals are asked to bring a canned food item or make a charitable contribution of their choosing. The canned food items and cash donations will benefit the Mission Soup Kitchen at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Greeneville.
Participants are encouraged to call and register in advance in order to ensure the appropriate preparations can be made.
The Hunger Banquet is designed to inform participants about the daily reality of the world’s population in terms of food resources, which finds a majority living on subsistence or less amounts of food, according to Robin Fife, assistant professor of social science. The event is sponsored by the Bonner Leaders student program and the College’s Center for Civic Advancement.
“We hope through this event to raise awareness and encourage people to get involved in creating solutions by demonstrating the hunger, poverty and injustice that exists in the world,” said Fife.
At the hunger banquet, a large meal is prepared and divided among the guests in proportions that represent the number of people in high-, middle- and low-income groups and dramatizes the inequitable distribution of food and resources in today’s world. The largest group represents the low income group and may be instructed to sit on the floor, so participants are encouraged to dress in a casual and comfortable way.
Few people leave a hunger banquet with satisfied stomachs but hopefully participants go away filled with a new understanding about the problem of world hunger, said Fife.
“A hunger banquet is a reenactment of the current state of lack of equity in resources around the world.”
Bonner Leader Kallie Smith, a sophomore physical education major, said the students are helping to organize the event to raise awareness of world hunger issues on campus and in the community. This year Smith said they are also focusing on climate change and how it directly affects the world’s food supply.
For more information or to register to participate, contact the Center for Civic Advancement at 423-636-7372.