Hunger Banquet 2011
Date/Time/Location: November 9th, 5pm-7pm, St. Robert’s Auditorium.
Contact: Center for Service and Action (CSA)
Tom King, x85727, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activity: Each November CSA sponsors an Oxfam Hunger Banquet — an interactive meal in which the participants experience the unequal distribution of food around the world. LMU’s Oxfam Change Leader, Allie Goldberg and the student planning committee will speak on the global reality of hunger and poverty. [to be updated?]
Experiences: In AY 10-11, the event was co-sponsored by Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. At the event’s conclusion, attendees were invited to write letters to Congress to support the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, both of which are tax benefits for low-income families. There were 135 people in attendance at this year’s Hunger Banquet. [to be updated?]
Keywords: Hunger, Poverty, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Low-Income Families
Professors and/or classes that have been involved in the activity in the past:
Professor Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Theological Studies, THST 131: Introduction to Christian Theology
"The Hunger Banquet gives us an opportunity to explore what Jesus' teachings have to say to our world today. For me it is always important to connect the biblical tradition with salient and urgent contemporary questions, and Jesus' teaching regarding the divine command to "love our neighbor" is quite unambiguous and challenging (Lk. 10:27; cf. Lv. 19:18, 33; Dt. 6:4ff., Mk. 12:30f., Mt. 22:37f.) The Hunger Banquet allows us to put names, faces and concrete emotional responses to those ancient teachings, to bring the command of neighbor-love to life again, and to see it as animating the work of solidarity and social justice in our midst.
We attend the banquet as a group [...] and part of our next class meeting is dedicated to 'unpacking' the experience of hunger, solidarity, sharing and the need for structural change in light of the Christian theological tradition."