Feast or famine: Fundraiser serves up slop for lesson in poverty

2013-03-14T00:00:00Z 2013-03-14T13:31:53Z Feast or famine: Fundraiser serves up slop for lesson in povertyBy PATRICK B. ANDERSON | panderson@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

Dinner came with a lesson in world hunger Wednesday at a fundraising event at Viterbo University.

Luck of the draw determined whether diners noshed on spring greens and chicken breast, or picked at rice and yellowish water at the Hunger Banquet, co-hosted by the university and the Franciscan Spirituality Center.

The banquet raised money for charities fighting world hunger and illustrated how poverty can be the result of circumstance, said Audrey Quanrud, the center’s associate director and program coordinator.

“It’s sheer luck some times,” Quanrud said.

Chelsea Krayecki, 19, was disappointed when she showed up and realized she would join most of the banquet attendees cast as low-income diners.

More than 100 attending the dinner were divided into three groups. About 15 percent were seated at a high-income table, about 25 percent were middle class, and the rest were low-income.

Krayecki, a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, was shocked when she heard what was on the menu.

“I didn’t expect it was going to be this bad,” Krayecki said.

UW-L student Tatum Sterba, 20, sat on the floor with Krayecki. Both waited for food as servers brought crème brulee to the high-income group.

“I’m actually a little hungry,” Sterba said.

Some diners ate in luxury, served by wait staff with water pitchers, coffee and rolls within reach. Others waited in a long line for a scoop of rice and sat on the floor to eat.

“As you live on less, you’re going to have to let go of some things,” Quanrud said.

For some high-income diners, the differences were too much to bear.

Jeni Tuschner, 21, grabbed her dessert and salad and brought them over to the low-income crowd.

The Viterbo student wanted to show she cared.

“It’s kind of going to the common good,” Tuschner said. “It feels good.”

Money raised from the banquet will go to the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse and other groups fighting hunger. Quanrud hopes the event inspires people to reach out to others who are less fortunate.

“It’s one human family,” she said.

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  1. oz
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    oz - March 15, 2013 12:06 am
    @pheasant: Not every story in the paper has to be about the city's giveaways to millionaires, and neither does every comment thread. There actually ARE other things going on in the world that are worth a few brain cells of thought... or is that a resource in which you are lacking?
  2. pheasant
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    pheasant - March 14, 2013 5:03 pm
    You cannot read. Starts with- What a bunch of hooey.....
  3. pheasant
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    pheasant - March 14, 2013 4:41 pm
    Her is a limited World view. The USA has been growing abut 17%, and the pacific rim at about 35%.

    Plus the Private Sector workers in WI were given a double digit matching gross pay WRS retirement contribution. While 1/2 their private sector neighbors had not retirement program, and the other 1/2 averaged around 4% from their employers. For over two decades. There is nothing "Christian" about that disparity, that big, for that long. The term is self-serving.
  4. Opus
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    Opus - March 14, 2013 4:38 pm
    Sigh - What about this article is "Cr#p"?
  5. pheasant
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    pheasant - March 14, 2013 4:34 pm
    How is this, we pay off our $17 trillion, and at the same time we work on paying of $89 million locally?

    Do you realize how close the vast majority of us are from being hungry and homeless? Wake up!
  6. Opus
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    Opus - March 14, 2013 4:31 pm
    What "hooey" in the article are you referring to?
  7. pheasant
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    pheasant - March 14, 2013 3:09 pm
    What a bunch of hooey! The City has 'given $89 million tax dollars, to millionaires. That you all know nothing about, for projects that are not producing. Without no accountability whatsoever. Your money, taken from your taxes. Hooey I say!

    That is since 2006 in a mid sized town at best, Lacrosse. Now roll that money around and imagine what else it could be used for. Plus we now ill pay back that amount for decades, and the size-able interest. B My guess is that you avert your eyes because it is pushed by Dems in this City. I welcome your answer.
  8. pheasant
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    pheasant - March 14, 2013 3:02 pm
    What a bunch of hooey! The City has 'given $89 million t millionairs. That you all know nothing about, for projects that are not producing. Without no accountability whatsoever. Your money, taken from your taxes. Hooey I say!
  9. pheasant
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    pheasant - March 14, 2013 2:56 pm
    This post is for you Opus- This article is cr#p. Let's look in our own backyard, as we pretend downtown? There are people all over my neighborhood that eat Mac & cheese because their money runs out before the month ends. Now at the same time we have given $89 million to TIFs. TIFs that our City has hidden finacnial info, and reports. The money has gone to millionaires. And it is not producing. $89 million would go a long way. And I have had other altenatives for years, along with others. We are living Kirch's vison of eutpoia and how to get there. On his huge 6 plus figure salary with benefits. .
  10. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - March 14, 2013 1:28 pm
    Yes we do, and we still have the hungry and homelss in our country.
  11. Opus
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    Opus - March 14, 2013 1:04 pm
    FUBAR - Our nation has the wealth to do both.
  12. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - March 14, 2013 12:56 pm
    "The banquet raised money for charities fighting world hunger"

    S crew world hunger...let's make sure that everyone in OUR country is fed and off the streets first. I donate food and money to area programs and I make sure said donations are kept in the area. Feed all Americans first and than we can worry about the rest of the world.
  13. Opus
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    Opus - March 14, 2013 12:13 pm
    C'mon, LAXTEA - tell us what they are nonsense that these young adults are being indoctrinated into! That poverty doesn't exist? That people don't go hungry everyday? That many people eat food you or I wouldn't feed to our dogs?
    Just what is it that bothers you so?
  14. oz
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    oz - March 14, 2013 10:08 am
    Remember, folks: LAXTEA is the same person who duped Viterbo students into signing his petition to recall their city council representative, costing the city needless thousands of dollars. Now he's trashing that same institution.

    Even Hunter Thompson would struggle to find words appropriate to describe the type of slimy low-life this embarrassment to the human race is.
  15. Frangel45
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    Frangel45 - March 14, 2013 8:32 am
    LAXTEA - Your true colors are shown in your shameful comment. - you use typical hate language to make such a comment - Perhaps you are feelng a bit of sting by having to see that you and the 1% are taking more than your fair share through any means that they can. It's time you wake up and face the truth. Why do you feel you have a right to everything but a good portion of the population can just 'suck it up. Time to wake up - oh, and I suppose you are a christian too???
  16. Frangel45
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    Frangel45 - March 14, 2013 8:09 am
    LAXTEA - Your true colors are shown in your shameful comment. - you use typical hate language to make such a comment - Perhaps you are feelng a bit of sting by having to see that you and the 1% are taking more than your fair share through any means that they can. It's time you wake up and face the truth. Why do you feel you have a right to everything but a good portion of the population can just 'suck it up. Time to wake up - oh, and I suppose you are a christian too???
  17. RemoteEmployee
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    RemoteEmployee - March 14, 2013 7:37 am
    Greg - I feel bad for you. With your limited world view and lack of a sense of community and compassion, you must live a miserable life. I find you very sad.
  18. lookout
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    lookout - March 14, 2013 6:44 am
    Get a life
  19. LAXTEA
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    LAXTEA - March 14, 2013 6:30 am
    I feel bad for the parents that are spending their life savings for their children to be indoctrinated by this nonsense.
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