Hunger Banquet planned at Newman Center Nov. 24 Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have a bowl of rice and some water from an open stream as your only meal of the day? Millions of people around the globe are faced with this situation not only once, but day after day after day. In our circumstances it is very difficult, if not impossible, to know what that kind of hunger might feel like.
You are invited to experience a sampling, a very small taste of what the above might be like at the annual Hunger Banquet sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of the Newman Center. This year's event is this Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center.
The Hunger Banquet engages the participants in a dramatization that depicts the unequal distribution of resources and wealth in the world. Each guest is randomly assigned by lot to the elite-, high-, middle-, or low-income group proportionate to the distribution of food and resources around the globe. Most will eat only rice, some will eat a potato with their rice, a few will get a simple chicken dinner, and two persons will be selected for a steak dinner with all the trimmings.
For the program Emily Firman, a graduate student at USD, will give a reflective presentation with powerpoint and Anne Dunham, librarian at the Vermillion Middle School, will tell a couple of short stories.
The event has a three-fold purpose: to raise awareness about the extreme hunger and poverty in our world, to raise funds for Oxfam America and Bread for the World, and to give us a chance to call to mind the many blessings that are ours. A freewill offering will be taken and sent to the above mentioned hunger relief agencies. For more information, call 624-2697.