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EOU hosts Oxfam Hunger Banquet

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EOU hosts Oxfam Hunger Banquet, February 15

News contact: Laura Hancock, University Advancement, 541-962-3585

LA GRANDE, Ore. February 10, 2017 – Poverty and lack of food in America is the focus Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Eastern Oregon University when three groups are collaborating to host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet.

EOU’s Residence Life Office, ASEOU Student Government and the Multicultural Center are organizing the event from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall on campus.

A limited number of tickets are available to purchase at the Multicultural Center in the Hoke Union Building or at the door. The cost is $1 for EOU students and $5 for general admission.

The interactive experience is intended to highlight hunger issues in a creative way.

Participants learn what their meal consists of only after being assigned an economic class ­– low, middle or high – by drawing cards at random. Low-earners will have just rice while the middle class receives rice and beans, and those assigned high income will dine on lasagna.

Bill Grigsby, associate professor of sociology at EOU, is the advisor for the event. Grigsby coordinates the social welfare concentration at the university and is a co-founder of Haven from Hunger, a student-run, faculty-supervised service learning and community development initiative. EOU student Juanantonio Salcedo is the emcee for the evening.

All proceeds are donated to Oxfam America to help communities in poverty around the nation.

For more information contact the Multicultural Center at 541-962-3741.