Eating For the Hungry
LSU hosts 2nd annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet
By Kendra R. ChamberlainPosted Oct 19, 2011
Over one hundred LSU students are expected to attend a banquet next week and leave feeling hungry.
The event aims to make hunger pain an actuality for students in order to raise awareness about the issue, which affects millions of people across the world, including families here in Baton Rouge.
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is a national campaign to address hunger. Guests become a real-life microcosm of food insecurity by being randomly assigned a meal size based on poverty statistics.
“Not everyone eats the same,” said Eve Franchebois, chair of the banquet planning committee. “Fifteen percent [of guests] will eat a high class meal, thirty-five percent will eat a middle class meal, and the rest will eat a low-class meal.”
The event is co-sponsored by the LSU organization Kitchens on the Geaux, which collects food and prepares meals for those in need, and the LSU Homecoming committee.
The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of one to two cans of food. All canned goods will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, as part of LSU Homecoming committee’s CANapoolza food drive.
The banquet comes at a good time – the food bank has been struggling all summer to keep its shelves stocked, due to state budget cuts and a stagnant national economy.
“It’s an issue that’s close to our hearts,” Franchebois said. “We want people to know that LSU students care.”
Grab your cans and head to the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, which will be held on World Food Day, October 24, in the Union Atchafalaya room on LSU’s campus at 7 p.m.