Newman Center to host annual hunger banquet November 18 Each year just before Thanksgiving, the Newman Center's Peace and Justice Committee sponsors a Hunger Banquet.
This year's event is on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center. The event has a threefold purpose: To raise awareness about the extreme hunger and poverty in our world, to raise funds for hunger relief agencies such as Oxfam America and Bread for the World, and to give us chance to call to mind the many blessings that are ours.
The Hunger Banquet dramatizes the unequal distribution of food and resources in today's world. Participants are randomly placed in high, middle, and low-income groups proportionate to the distribution of food and resources 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 will be served a steak dinner.
The Banquet is part of Oxfam, America's "Fast for a World Harvest" campaign. The "Fast" supports the self-help efforts of Oxfam's partners � grassroots groups in the United States and around the world � to find lasting solutions to the poverty in their communities. Oxfam works with local leaders around the world empowering communities to develop according to their specific needs and builds on their strengths to promote lasting change that will allow individuals and communities to break the cycle of poverty.
At this year's banquet the participants will view 14-minunte video, Hunger in a World of Plenty and have a chance to hear the descriptions of the situations of various people in several countries in the world.
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. Tickets for the banquet are $2 and may be purchased in advance or at the door on Sunday. Proceeds go to the above mentioned hunger relief agencies. For more information, call 624-2697.