Working with the Harvard International Relations Council, we hosted an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®. Guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on where they sit, some receive a filling dinner, while others eat a simple meal or share sparse portions of rice and water. While not all guests leave with full stomachs, many gain a new perspective on the root causes of hunger and poverty—and will feel motivated to do something to help.
In January 2012, we were honored to invite John Ambler, Oxfam America Senior Vice President Strategy, and Dr. Clifford Lo, HSPH Associate Professor in Department of Nutrition to give keynote addresses. We would also like to thank Royal Bharat Inc. and Finale Desserterie & Bakery for donating food for the event.