Oxfam America at SNC Hosts Annual Hunger Banquet

SAMANTHA FRINZI | EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Starting at 6:30 on the evening of Nov. 10, students were given random assignments for their class, such as Upper, Middle and Lower class.  Once seated in their appropriate spots, the Oxfam America at SNC group started their annual Hunger Banquet.

This banquet is to show the statistics of hunger inequality on a more approachable and more understandable level.  It was stated that more than 2.2 billion people are in poverty and one in seven people go hungry.  There were many more heart-breaking statistics read.

However, these are big numbers for us to try to wrap our heads around, so the Oxfam organization decided to break it down a bit more.  Out of a group of approximately 70 students, there were six that were of Upper class living, which in this case meant that they would receive approximately $6,000 or higher per year.  The next class, the Middle, held about 20 students, these would represent the people who would earn between $1,320 and $6,000 per year.  The last group, the Lower, held the majority and the rest of the students.  They represented the people who earned less than $1,320 per year.

After the reading of these statistics and explaining what each group represented, it was time to eat.  Based on the person’s class, they would get a different meal.  The Upper class was granted a meal of Chicken Primavera, and even included a waiter that would serve them all of their needs.  The Middle class was able to receive a meal of Rice and Beans, these students sat in chairs with no tables, but were granted a fork and a larger serving plate.  Finally the Lower class students were allowed to get a meal of just rice, on a small plate and no fork.  These students were also seated on the floor with only newspapers to give any sort of relief from the floor.

Following the meal there was time for reflection where the students were split up into smaller groups and given questions to answer within their small group.  Afterwards, all the small groups reconvened into the larger group and shared the groups’ responses to the same questions.

For more information about Oxfam or more events through this organization, they have meetings every Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Norman Miller Center

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