Awareness effort puts guest in position of poor with banquet

WEST CAMPUS — The Human Empathy Rights Organization (HERO) will be hosting an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet on Nov. 29.The walk-in event will separate guests by class based on tickets that are given at random at the door.  Those with upper class tickets will be given a three-course meal complete with servers. Middle class ticket holders receive a meal of rice and beans with water and low class ticket holders will eat a meal of rice and water while sitting on the floor.“We’re doing this to bring awareness to how to world is so divided economically,” said event organizer and HERO president Paola Burgos.

Throughout the night, lower class guests will rotate to the higher-class tables and those at higher-class tables will rotate to the floor. The movement mirrors economic divide that is based on global figures. Each ticket has an identity story that the guest will follow throughout the event.

“This is to show people that this is more than local,” said Burgos.

The hunger banquet, which was developed by Oxfam America will also feature a discussions and speakers. The organization is one of 17 branches of an international relief effort.

The event will be held in the HSB, room 105 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.