Willamette University Hosts Hunger Awareness Banquet

The Office of Community Service Learning at Willamette University will host its annual Hunger Banquet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Cat Cavern at the Putnam University Center.

Students at this global hunger simulation will experience firsthand the inequities that result from food shortages. When people arrive, they are placed in a category that determines how much food they will receive at the banquet. Ten percent of students will be granted a full meal, 30 percent will only receive a partial meal and the remaining 60 percent will receive an even smaller portion.

The focus of this year's event is the lack of food and emotional support in war zones and refugee camps. Guest speaker Fidel Nshombo will talk about his experiences as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Students also will have the opportunity to discuss what they experienced during the meal and how it relates to the problem of world hunger. The goal is to give students a better sense of the physical and emotional hunger refugees experience.

The event is mainly geared toward Willamette students, although the public is invited. The cost is $6, and non-student guests must RSVP by Nov. 10 to Amy Johnson at