Lone Star College-Kingwood will host the fourth Hunger Banquet on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the SCC.
To gain insight into what hungry people go through on a daily basis, Lone Star College-Kingwood student invites the campus and community to the fourth Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The Hunger Banquet, hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement, is a student-led project designed to raise community awareness about global and local poverty. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Conference Center (SCC).
“The purpose of the hunger banquet is to raise awareness of the harsh and atrocious conditions that a vast number of humans across the globe struggle with on a daily basis,” said Nelson Mendez, a LSC-Kingwood student on the Hunger Banquet Committee. “Since not all of us are born with the same opportunities as others, we hope to better our community and the surrounding areas by persuading our audience to help the ones in need.”
General admission is a $5 donation or three non-perishable food items. Upon entry, guests will draw tickets that will randomly assign each of them to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. The middle and upper class will receive corresponding sized ceramic bowls with a meal. Bowls are made by students in the LSC-Kingwood Advanced Ceramics class and local businesses will donate the meals.
“Since we have started this event, more than 500 community members, employees and students have participated. This year, we are expecting 300 people to attend,” said Dr. John Theis, director, and Seth Howard, coordinator, of the Center for Civic Engagement.
The 20 percent in the high-income tier will be served a sumptuous meal; the 20 percent in the middle-income section will eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 60 percent in the low-income tier will receive small portions of rice and water. Students will guide participants through an interactive event which illustrates how the rise in global poverty and hunger affects everyone. Guest speakers will discuss needs in the community and what actions have taken place in the fight against hunger.
“We believe it is always good to help kids and families, not just here in the United States but from other countries, who need help because they cannot provide food for their citizens. Today for you,tomorrow for me,” said Claudia Lezama, a LSC-Kingwood student on the Hunger Banquet Committee.
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