News

Published:

February 19, 2019
 

Adelphi Hunger Banquet Raises Awareness About Poverty and Inequality


Hunger Banquet Cards

“Volunteer-led interactive events that bring statistics about poverty to life” is how Oxfam America describes its Oxfam Hunger Banquet. For the third year, members of the Adelphi community have the opportunity to experience what guests have called a transformational experience on Tuesday, February 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The hunger banquet is an interactive experience that teaches guests about food distribution and hunger throughout the world,” said Wendy Badala, director of International Student Services and the Interfaith Center, this year’s sponsors of the event.

As guests enter the banquet, each draws a ticket with the name of an individual who belongs to either a high-, middle- or low-income tier based on current statistics on people living in poverty, Badala explained. Each one then receives a meal that corresponds to their income level. The high-income tier is seated at a table and served a sumptuous meal; the middle-income section eats a simpler meal of rice and beans; and the low-income tier receives rice and water, which they eat while seated on the floor.

Participating in this simulation of income inequality is a high-impact learning experience, Badala said, in which “guests will be able to experience the extent of global poverty, the degree of inequality in the world and the interconnectedness of the three income tiers.”

“The previous Hunger Banquet was truly an immersive learning experience,” said Sara Cheris, a junior and member of Adelphi’s Jewish Student Union. At last year’s banquet, she drew the role of a person living in poverty. “Being given water and a small amount of rice to share with a large amount of people really showed the conditions that people live in across the world and makes you think about your place in [it]. Now I always think about how much food I eat and try not to create any food waste.”

In addition to Cheris and the Jewish Student Union, the following students and organizations are handling this year’s Oxfam Hunger Banquet:

  • Haleema Sadia, Interfaith Center
  • Sara Mohammed H Alharbi, Graduate Student Council
  • Marian Wong, United Nations Association-USA Adelphi University Chapter
  • Christina Sullivan, Newman Club
  • Zain Yusuf, Muslim Students Association
  • Abinash Kaur, SIKHS United
  • Maia Jones, Mosaic
  • Maham Mahmood, Global Medical Brigades
  • Kelcie Warren, Circle K International
  • Khang Dang, International Student Society
 

Want to read more stories like this?

 
More Adelphi News

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online.

More than 115,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.


For further information, please contact:

Taylor Damian
Associate Director for Media Relations 
p – 516.877.4040
e – tdamian@adelphi.edu