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October 28, 2010

Students Invited to Experience What It Means to be Hungry

Key Info

  • 2010 Hunger Banquet
  • Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, noon to 1:15 p.m.
  • Walb Union Ballroom
  • Steve Hoffman, executive director CANI is keynote speaker
  • Not open to the public

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—How do you teach someone what it feels like to be hungry all the time? Aside from not letting them have enough food to eat over a long period of time, that’s a difficult thing to recreate. However, some of the 200 students who will take part in the annual Hunger Banquet at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will learn some of the discomfort the hungry feel. When the students arrive, each will be given a representative “life” as a low, middle, or high income person and will receive a meal that reflects their assigned socioeconomic level.

The banquet begins at noon on Nov. 8 in the Walb Student Union Ballroom and is sponsored by the IPFW Student Government Association, the Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA), and the First Year Experience (FYE).

Bruce Busby, associate vice chancellor for academic success, will be the emcee for the luncheon; the featured speaker will be Steve Hoffman, executive director of Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI). Hoffman will discuss local and world hunger and poverty issues.

The media is invited to cover the event, but it is not open to the public.

For more information, e-mail April Wirt, assistant director of First Year Experience, or call 260-481-6060.