Hobart and William Smith Colleges are making it simpler than ever to give back to the community this week. For the 24th consecutive year, the Colleges’ have paired up with Oxfam America asking students to give up their Friday meal for the sake of poverty in America. For each student who gives away his or her Nov. 20 dinner, Sodexho will donate the value of the meal to Oxfam.
Donations toward the Colleges’ goal can be made at the table just inside the Scandling Center’s front doors all week between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On average, the Colleges send about $2,500 to the organization annually.
Held each year around the Thanksgiving season, Oxfam’s fast serves as a way to raise awareness about poverty levels in the United States and around the world, as well show the scarcity of food in so many parts of the world. The event shows how easy it can be to make a difference.
“The great thing about Oxfam is it teaches people more ways to grow food,” said faculty advisor Alan Frishman, “It is an extremely efficient organization and most of the money goes to help people in need.”
Oxfam is an international relief organization that works to create permanent solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. With the help of thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries, Oxfam has saved countless lives while helping people overcome poverty and fight for social justice. Oxfam America is an affiliate of Oxfam International, whose vision is simple: to create a just world without poverty.