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Hunger Banquet Participants Feel Need Firsthand

November 13, 2014

More than 150 students, faculty, and staff from all four schools learned more about the plight of the hungry during a Hunger Banquet held Wednesday evening at Sweeny Student Center.

Members of the Hunger Banquet Committee welcomed guests, who represented the world's total population. Each was handed a card indicating their economic status during the program -- 15 percent were high-income people, 35 percent middle-income, and half low-income.

Each attendee was served dinner according to their station: a full, nutritious meal of salad, entree, and dessert; rice and beans and water; or a small portion of rice and water.

The Gospel Choir opened the night with an inspirational song, while alumna Amelia Ellis SAS'14 performed to open the second half of the evening.

The evening ended with participants writing to Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer in support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act. They wrote their letters on paper plates to drive home their point.

"We hope to have more students sign on as well before we mail the letters," said Dr. Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry.

The even also shared more direct ways of helping with the hunger epidemic. Campus Ministry is holding a food drive through November 26 to help the food pantry run by Hope Community Services.

Executive Director Carol Troum spoke at the event about the growing need in New Rochelle, and how Hope Community Services has expanded soup kitchen meals from three to five days a week.