Newman Center sponsors annual Hunger Banquet The Newman Center's Peace and Justice Committee is sponsoring the annual Hunger Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center, 320 E. Cherry, Vermillion.
The event has a two-fold purpose: to raise awareness about the extreme hunger and poverty in our world and to raise funds for hunger relief agencies such as Oxfam America and the Bread for the World.
Oxfam America fights the causes and effects of hunger and poverty by investing in poor people's efforts to better their lives. With help from an Oxfam America partner, Martha Hawkins transformed herself from a single mother on welfare to a successful restaurateur with a commitment to helping others in her community. Oxfam America supports grassroots economic development projects improving food security and livelihoods as well as efforts promoting human rights and democracy.
The Hunger Banquet is a vivid dramatization of the unequal distribution of food and other resources in today's world. Participants are randomly placed in high, middle and low-income groups proportionate to the distribution of wealth around the globe.
At the Hunger Banquet, most will eat just rice, some will eat rice and potatoes, a few will eat a chicken dinner, and two people will be served a steak dinner. Few will leave the banquet with full stomachs, but all will leave with new understanding about the problem of world hunger.
At the Hunger Banquet this year Carolyn Downs, founder and director of The Banquet in Sioux Falls, will share stories, reflections, and insights gleaned from her experience with The Banquet, a service that provides food and community for the hungry and homeless.
This year the Hunger Banquet will be finished by 7 p.m. so any who wish can also attend the Vermillion Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Vermillion Ministerial Association at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Hunger Banquet are $1 and may be purchased in advance or at the door on Sunday. Proceeds will be sent to the above mentioned hunger relief organizations. For more information, call 624-2697.