Everyone on earth has the same basic needs; it is only our circumstances—where we live and the culture into which we are born—that differ. Some are born into relative prosperity and security, while millions, through no choice of their own, are born into poverty."
At this interactive event, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.
When you volunteer for an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® in your community or on your campus, you're changing the way people think about poverty and hunger. You're also helping raise funds to support Oxfam's life-saving work around the world. So join a decades-long tradition this year, and make the season of plenty a time to give back.
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
One in seven people goes hungry. But hunger is not about too many people and too little food. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed every woman, man, and child on earth. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war, and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Few experiences bring to life these inequalities more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event. Unique and memorable, the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet can help raise funds and awareness, as organizers and participants alike experience firsthand how our decisions affect others in the world.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Guests draw tickets at random that assign them to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal—filling and nutritious or sparse and simple. When the meal is done, guests are invited to share their thoughts and take action. After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, all possess a greater understanding of hunger and poverty—and are motivated to do something to help.