Would you like to have a better sense of what the majority of the world’s population experiences daily? What it would be like to be hungry everyday?
The Center for Service Learning and the Global Development Project Club at Shoreline Community College invite the public to join students, faculty and staff at the Oxfam America Global Hunger Banquet, a unique dinner experience that highlights the issues surrounding global hunger and its connections to our lives. (Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are an affiliate of Oxfam International.)
The Hunger Banquet will present the extreme inequities and disparities of people around the world with their relation to food. Participants will be randomly selected at the door to experience one of three scenarios — the smallest group will represent the 15 percent of the world’s wealthiest. They will sit at tables with white linen tablecloths and be served their meals. Another group will represent the middle income world population (35 percent) and will serve themselves at a buffet of rice and beans and sit on chairs. The third group will represent the low-income population, 50 percent of the world population. They will eat only rice, with no utensils and standing or sitting on the floor.
Thuch Mulual-Deng of Sudan, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will give the keynote address. At a very young age, Mulual-Deng, a member of the Dinka Tribe of Southern Sudan, escaped a civil war and fled on foot to a refugee camp in Ethiopia 1,000 miles away from his home. He will provide participants with a unique perspective of the daily struggle of the people in his country.
Carol Schillios, owner of The Fabric of Life Foundation Boutique, will talk about her foundation which supports cooperative development projects that directly impact the quality of life for families living in developing countries, with emphasis on micro-credit programs for micro-entrepreneurs, increasing access to education and increasing access to affordable health care. The philosophy of the foundation is to support partnerships that focus on the cooperative principles of self help, building financial stability, education, non-discrimination, social responsibility and cooperation among cooperatives.
At the end of the meal, guests are invited to share their experiences. 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.
Shoreline Community College International Business Law and International Political Economy Professor Stephen McCloskey will emcee the evening. McCloskey has extensive experience working abroad with individuals in developing countries.
“I give credit to the students,” said Prof. Stephen McCloskey, who co-advises the Global Development Project Club at the college. “These students were the force behind the club and this important outreach event – they really care about global tragedy. When you have students who are activists in their own rights and they come to you with an idea, you have to support them. It’s impressive – their compassion.”
The event takes place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 in the PUB Quiet Dining Room, 9208 on the main campus at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North. There is no charge for the event. Please RSVP at http://event.pingg.com/hungerbanquet.
The mission of the Center for Service-Learning is to support the development of meaningful service-learning opportunities that meet community-defined needs, enhance learning by integrating academic curriculum and service, and foster civic engagement, equity, and a sense of social purpose.
The Center for Service-Learning also supports the development of co-curricular educational opportunities that promote critical thinking, community engagement, and actions that engender greater social equity and justice.