Hunger Banquet For Famine Relief – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Hunger Banquet For Famine Relief

A dinner experience to raise money to relieve hunger and raise consciousness will be held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

April 17, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—An Oxfam Banquet will be held at Hobart and William Smith again this year, the proceeds of which will go to benefit Oxfam America (a famine relief and self-help organization), Heifer International (which provides livestock and training to needy families), and a local food distribution center. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in the Common Room of the Scandling Center on the Colleges' campus. The public is invited to participate. Tickets cost $10; those who wish to attend should call Professor Alan Frishman (781-3417) to reserve a place.

The purpose of the banquet is to raise money and conscientiousness about hunger in the world.

Participants eat one of three different meals based on the quality of the food that people in the world normally eat. Lots are drawn at the door for dinner choices. Fifteen diners eat steak dinners served at linen draped tables with candles and flowers, 30 have spaghetti, salad and soda self-served cafeteria style, and the remaining 55 have rice, bread and water self-served and eaten while sitting on the floor. This represents the distribution of food in the world.

“The banquet always makes for a powerful experience for all involved,” said Frishman, professor of economics and event organizer.

Oxfam America funds disaster relief and a variety of self-help development projects carried out by indigenous groups. Heifer International combats hunger, alleviates poverty, and restores the environment by providing appropriate livestock, training, and related services to small-scale farmers worldwide.