In a continuing spirit of giving to the community, Hobart and William Smith Colleges paired up with Oxfam America, for the 24th consecutive year, asking students to give up their Friday night meal for the sake of poverty in America. For each student who gives away his or her Nov. 15 dinner, Sodexo will donate the value of the meal to Oxfam.
Donations toward the Colleges’ goal can be made at the table just inside the Scandling Campus Center’s front doors between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Typically the Colleges are able to get nearly 1,000 students to participate, and are able to raise a minimum of $2,000.
The Oxfam Fast, held during the Thanksgiving season, 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 and raise awareness.
“The great thing about Oxfam is it teaches people more ways to grow food,” said faculty adviser Professor 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 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: to create a just world without poverty.