The Oxfam Hunger Banquet was a banquet with the goal to inform WILD members about the epidemic of starvation that affects most of the world. At this event the group was split into three different groups: high-income, middle-income, and low-income. The high-income group was fed penne vodka, salad, and ice tea, the middle-income group was fed rice, beans, and water, and the low-income group, which was the largest group, was fed rice and water. However, the low-income group had the least amount of food and water and the people had to ensure that everyone had enough food and water to eat. All WILD members received a piece of paper that stated which group they were in and gave them a name of a real person who is in that income group, as well as a small bio about the person. One member from each group received an additional piece of paper which stated general information about that income group.
One thing I found interesting was that the high-income group was considered to be people who make more than $12,000 a year. This was interesting to me because a lot of people in America easily make $12,000 a year. At the end of the banquet everyone was asked several questions that all led to reflection about the information we were just given.
Overall, this experience was a bit shocking because we learned about how more than half of the world is starving. Everyone needs to come together in order to help put a stop to this problem. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Written By: Melissa Ullrich, WILD VIII