The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 16, 2014

Hunger Banquet to be held Jan. 31


The Daily Item

— MILLERSTOWN — Everyone on earth has the same basic needs; it is only our circumstances — where we live and the culture into which we are born — that differ. Some are born into relative prosperity and security, while millions, through no choice of their own, are born into poverty. One in seven people go hungry every day, but hunger is not about too many people and too little food. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed every woman, man, and child on earth. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war, and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Few experiences bring to life these inequalities more powerfully to reality than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet.

On Jan. 31, the Perry Valley Grange will partner with the Greenwood FFA to host an Oxfam America Hunger Event at the Perry Valley Grange in Millerstown. When guests arrive, they will draw tickets at random that assign them to a high, middle, or low-income tier, based on latest statistics of people living in poverty. Each income level will receive a corresponding meal. When the meal is finished, guests will be engaged in discussion about hunger issues and presented with information to inform, enlighten, and inspire. Although not all participants will leave with full stomachs, they will possess a greater understanding of hunger and poverty issues in Perry County, Pennsylvania, the United States, and beyond and hopefully will be motivated to action. At the end of the evening a free will offering will be taken to benefit the Perry County Food Bank. The first 150 reservations for the event will be accepted. Reservations can be made by calling the Greenwood Agricultural Department at (717) 589-3116 ext. 1209 or emailing kpontius@greenwoodsd.org.