Hunger is one of the world’s biggest problems and many may not know how some struggle to eat every day. To address this issue, the annual Hunger Banquet has been planned to give people a sense of what many people around the world are suffering. The Hunger Banquet will take place Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Aula Auditorium at the Priory Campus from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In order to attend the event, participants must have registered by Sept. 30.
This event has taken place for several years to raise awareness about world hunger and to take action to reduce it. The event places participants in one room and separates them into three different upper, middle and lower economic classes. Each social class receives a full meal, a mini meal or just rice. The activity allows participants to experience disparity of food distribution in the world, where some people are struggling to get food for themselves and their families.
One of the reasons hunger is a problem is because, “Food is not equally distributed,” says Suzanne Hansel, senior and member of SLAM, University Ministry’s Student Leaders and Ministers. “It depends heavily on social-economic class and location.”
The event is held each year to remind everyone of all religions and social classes to understand world hunger and what people can do to end this problem.
“We want to create a space where people from all religions and backgrounds can discuss how to serve the community,” says Matt Palkert, University Minister and advisor of the event coordination.
The planning of the event was coordinated SLAM and members of the Interfaith Impact, a coalition of community activists, Concordia and Dominican University students, staff and faculty.
“So far, we have created a 90 second video on YouTube and on the Hunger Banquet Event page on Facebook discussing how faith impacts how we will handle the hunger issue,” says Sara Seweryn, sophomore and SLAM member. “We have also advertised for the event via Facebook and through fliers posted throughout the school.”
Participants of the Hunger Banquet should be able to grow in appreciation for what they have and may therefore be more likely to give back to the community.
– Jenna Ramiro, Staff Reporter