Hunger Banquet Inspires Students

November 22, 2011

The Menlo College Rotaract Club sponsored a Hunger Banquet on Monday, November 21, in an effort to educate and inspire students to take part in the fight against hunger. Brandon Johnson, President of the Rotaract Club, Yasmin Lambie-Simpson, Dean of Academic Student Affairs, and Steven Schaub, a member of the Rotaract Club, led the banquet, which shared information on how many people are affected by hunger, and what efforts are being made to help resolve the issue.

“It’s easy to forget about how many people outside our closed environment struggle with hunger,” said Schaub. “There are even students on our campus who are experiencing or have experienced poverty and hunger.”

The students, faculty, and staff who attended the banquet experienced a dinner where they were assigned one of three distinct meals, representing the underdeveloped, developing, and developed worlds. Attendees also enjoyed addresses from three charitable organizations advocating for community support in way of donations and volunteer service, in an effort to stand up against hunger. “Service is more than just collecting beer cans on the weekend. It’s going out and making a difference in someone’s life,” said Schaub.