Friday, March 5, 2010
I have been a volunteer the Oxfam Student Org for the past 4 years at UNH. It is a group that really makes a difference in the community!
The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event provides an opportunity to educate the public on hunger issues and raise funds to support Oxfam's poverty-fighting work.
Guests at the event draw tickets at random that assign them each to either a high-, middle-, or low-income tier and receive a corresponding meal. The 15 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal sitting at a table with full settings and service. The 35 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans while sitting on chairs and no table. The 50 percent in the low-income tier help THEMSELVES to small portions of rice and water that comes in one big pot with out utensils...oh and they have to sit on the floor. Finally, all guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal.
After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, few participants leave with full stomachs, but all possess a greater understanding of the problems of hunger and poverty and will hopefully be motivated to do something about them.