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ECCO Hosts OxFam Hunger Banquet for National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

The Emmanuel College Community Outreach Club (ECCO) hosted an OxFam Hunger Banquet last Wednesday in the Muddy River Café as a part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. OxFam is a national organization that works to end poverty and hunger, according to their website.

The purpose of the event was “to provide a realistic simulation of poverty and hunger while changing the way people feel about these issues,” according to a poster sponsored by Mission & Ministry and ECCO.

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Photo by Mairead Scanlon ’19

At the beginning of the banquet students randomly selected cards that determined their income status for the simulation. The low, middle, and high income statuses determined what kind of food students could eat and where they sat. Chipotle catered the event.

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Photo by Mairead Scanlon ’19.

Students with high income statuses sat at tables and ate as much food as they wanted to. Students with middle income statuses sat on chairs, with no table, and ate rice, beans, and one meat. Students with low income statuses sat on the floor and ate rice and beans. All participants could eat whatever they wanted to after the simulation.

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Photo by Mairead Scanlon ’19.

Throughout the event, ECCO Members discussed how people are affected by hunger and homelessness around the world and how hunger is the result of factors including poverty, diseases, and limited access to resources.

After the simulation dinner, a woman named Penny spoke about her experience with homelessness. She discussed common misunderstandings of homelessness and said that “everybody’s not a crackhead” and that “you never know who is homeless.”  She described poverty and homelessness as “chronic” and “heartbreaking,” but remained optimistic about her own situation.

“I have strength. I have faith. I have a future,” she said.

At the end of the event, ECCO President, Madison Haas ’18, encouraged students to spread goodwill. She suggested offering to buy food for someone facing hunger.

“As this week continues, think about National Hunger and Homelessness Week. Do a small act of kindness this week is what I want to leave you with. I say every week, but especially this week,” said Haas.

Anyone interested in joining ECCO should attend the next General Members Meeting on November 29th in Admin 441 at 8 p.m.

Mairead Scanlon ’19 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at scanlonm@emmanuel.edu

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