The Hunger Banquet
By Dominique Finley ’14
Hello DU blog readers, and thanks for sharing another week with me.
Do not let the title of this post fool you, I will not be providing food coupons. Instead, I will try to feed your need for information and knowledge by telling you about the Hunger Banquet last Thursday.
On October 6, at the Priory campus, students, faculty, staff and people from the local community, ranging in all ages, came together to participate in this event where folks are served meals dependent on world ratios of famine. We all came together to answer the question, “what do we hunger for, a better world, an end to hunger?” I think we all have desires for changes in our world, and our own personal lives, but on this night, we addressed why one-billion people in the world are hungry and what we can do about it right now. It was a time for reflection and interfaith among everyone form all backgrounds, belief systems and values. Not only was there an opportunity for discussion, but there were numerous ways for everyone to respond to the call to action. For example though: Exodus World Service, the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, PADS, Feed My Starving Children, Building clean water sources in improvised countries, etc…
There is a global disparity of food, but also on a local scale, in Oak Park, River Forest and other nearby neighborhoods, people also go hungry and do not know where there next meal will come form. The Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry was represented at the event. They provided a service and real life example for the attendees. Dominican has created pathways for volunteering and raising awareness about social issues in the community and the world. I feel the most valuable thing people took away about the evening; learning and sharing it with others is what gives words meaning and impact. It was a busy couple of weeks leading up to the Banquet with planning, but it was well worth it. Until next time!