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Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Oxfam Hunger Banquet educates about world poverty

By Kate Sine

The Oxfam Hunger Banquet will be held in the Lane University Center Manicur Assembly Hall on November 17 at 7 p,m. The banquet is held by University Programming Council of Frostburg State University in conjunction with the Office of Civic Engagement, the Summer Lunch Box Program and the Inner Faith Food Pantry. The event is a way to give back to the community but also serve as a life lesson about just how fortunate we are to live in America.     

Here’s how the banquet works: you are given a ‘fate’ card upon entering the hall. The card states your income level, your avatar’s name and where your avatar is lives. You are then instructed to sit with others from your avatar’s assigned class – high, middle or low income.

High income will dine on a full meal; a salad, entreé and dessert at a table laid out with linens and china. Middle income will eat rice and beans while situated at a blank table. While the low income group sits on the floor, they will consume rice — nothing fancy. The point of this is to show others how the world works and that there are many more low and middle income folks than high income.     

At the conclusion of the dinner, people will converse about how to make a difference within their communities.  Employess from the Summer Lunch Box Program and the Inner Faith Food Pantry will   inform others how they can give back by helping their programs.
The Summer Lunch Box program assists in feeding the children in need over the summer. They focus on the students who receive free or reduced lunch during the school year.

Patrick O’Brien estimates that approximately 6,000 lunch boxes were delivered in the Frostburg and Mount Savage area this past summer while the Inner Faith Food Pantry continuously provides food to families in need. In the spirit of giving, Frostburg State University lends a helping hand while sending the message: be grateful for what you have.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


For further information on this release, contact:

Student and Community Involvement
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301.687.7597
Fax: 301.687.7049

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