Hiram College

Oxfam America Hunger banquets raise awareness about world hunger at organizations across the country each year.

The Kennedy Center Programming Board and Office of Campus Involvement are hosting one at Hiram College on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Dix Dining Room. 

To participate, students must sign up by Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m.

Oxfam America is a non-profit that aims to end hunger, poverty and social injustice. The organization provides resources so that groups may organize hunger banquets. At these banquets, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw — just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.

Guests draw tickets at random that assign them each to either a high-, middle- or low-income tier — based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. (The Hiram event bases its proportions on Ohio and Portage County statistics.) Each income level receives a corresponding meal. The high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water.

Last year was the first year Hiram College hosted such an event.

“Last year was an amazing success with students, faculty, staff and administrators participating,” said Demetria Anderson, Director of the Office of Campus Involvement. “We decided to make it an annual event that would happen again just before the start of bread and soup.”

Bread and soup is a 30-year spring semester tradition, in which Hiram students and community members choose to eat a simple meal of bread and soup once a week to give back to the community.