NDNU Sponsors Hunger Banquet, November 18

Belmont, CA, November 10, 2008 — A handful of well-fed, reasonably prosperous Americans will learn first-hand what it means to go hungry when Notre Dame de Namur University hosts a Hunger Banquet on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ralston Hall Ballroom.

The goal of the event is to make participants aware of how hunger affects people around the world. Those who attend will experience the effects of hunger first-hand; each person will be assigned an income level, and fed accordingly with a meal, ranging from rice and beans, to a steak dinner. The method of consumption will vary as well; some will have to eat with their hands, while others will have the privilege of utensils.

This event began as a proposal of senior Diana Enriquez, and is sponsored by NDNU’s Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, Career Center, Religious Studies Department, and Campus Life. Enriquez experienced a hunger banquet during an alternative spring break at Dorothy’s Place in Salinas last March, and wanted to share the experience with the NDNU community. “People who come to the event will understand global disparity and food security,” says Enriquez. “1.3 billion people worldwide live in poverty, and every 2.9 seconds a child dies from hunger. We can prevent this; we just have to take the initiative.”

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a volunteer fair from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; organizations present will include St. Anthony’s Foundation, Family Service Agency, Oxfam, and Shelter Network. During the banquet Megan Ferreira, the co-leader of Oxfam’s Action Corps, will deliver a keynote speech about the global effects of hunger, and how as a human family we are all affected by it.

Those interested in attending may contact Carrie McKnight at (650) 598-3667 or cmcknight@ndnu.edu. Space is limited – first come, first serve. Registration is at 5 p.m. before the event.