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Banquet draws attention to world hunger

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Hungry? According to statistics, so are 925 million others throughout the world, and that reality has prompted the Franciscan Spirituality Center and Viterbo University to team up to sponsor a Hunger Banquet at 5:30 p.m. March 13 in the Amie L. Mathy Center.

The banquet will have an educational component, and participants will receive an “identity card.” About 15 percent of the group will be served, banquet-style, what a high-income nation would eat for dinner. Another 25 percent will receive what a middle-income nation consumes, while the remaining 60 percent will receive a minimal serving of what a low-income nation consumes. The meal experience reflects the unequal distribution of global resources.

The general public is welcome to attend, with the $5 admission going to non-profit organizations that work to combat world hunger. Families with children 13 and older also are encouraged to participate. Viterbo students on a meal plan will have a portion of the cost of their meals applied as a donation.

“This is an interactive dining experience that will open our minds to the realities of hunger in our world today,” said Audrey Quanrud, program coordinator and associate director at Franciscan Spirituality Center.

The Hunger Banquet is sponsored by the Franciscan Spirituality Center, Campus Ministry at Viterbo University, SOAHR Club (Student Organization Advocating Human Rights) and Honors Program.

“Lent is a season for prayer, fasting and almsgiving in the Christian tradition and a good time to bring attention to this serious problem of world hunger,” said Emilio Alvarez, assistant director of Campus Ministry.

The general public may register online at www.FSCenter.org or call 608-791-5295 for more information. Viterbo students are able to sign up on the university’s campus ministry Web page.

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