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Banquet attendees will walk away hungry for action

Attendees to DU’s Hunger Banquet may leave the event a little hungry. Or at least, that’s what organizers want them to do.

Upon arrival, guests will be assigned a socio-economic class for the night. They will then receive a meal indicative of their class to illustrate the range of the world food supply. After dinner [or no dinner], guests may participate in a discussion about witnessing hunger. Amanda Baker, community relations director of Denver Urban Ministries, will give a brief speech on hunger in Denver as part of the event.

The event, which is the organization’s first hunger banquet fundraiser, is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 2 at DU’s Craig Hall Community Room. About 100 guests are expected to attend.

The banquet is hosted by the Multicultural Social Justice student organization and the Graduate School of Social Work. Proceeds will be donated to local food banks, including Denver Urban Ministries, Food Bank of the Rockies and Growing Home.

“I hope people leave feeling like they have a bite-size piece of the hunger issue,” says Sarah McMurtrie, one of the event’s student organizers. “It’s a huge problem, but it’s not unapproachable. We want people to know what they can do right here, right now.”

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students. E-mail to purchase tickets for $10 before the event. Tickets are $12 [$10 for students] at the door.


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