The interactive event is intended to foster a better understanding of the problems of hunger and
poverty in the world
Roanoke, Va. – Hollins University is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., Day by presenting an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet on Monday, January 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Ballator Gallery, located on the upper level of Moody Student Center. The event, which explores the causes of world hunger and offers information on how to make a difference in the fight against poverty, is open to the public. A minimum donation of $3 is requested to participate.
At the outset of an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, guests draw tickets at random that assign them each to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier – based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal: The 15 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 35 percent in the middleincome section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water.
Guests can also assume characterizations that describe the situation of a specific person at the income level to which they’ve been assigned. Finally, all guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal and to take action. After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, few participants leave with full stomachs, but the goal is to promote greater insight into the issues of hunger and poverty.
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice, and works directly with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries.