Hunger Banquet 2018
By Richard Staple | News Content Editor | MolloyLife Media
The issues of poverty and hunger are prominent in this world, but they are often overlooked. In order to shed a light on these issues, Molloy held its annual Hunger Banquet on Tuesday, November 14th.
As soon as students entered the Hays Theatre, they were divided into three groups. The quality of the meals that were served to each group was noticeably different. Low income students were left with crackers and water, while high income students were served chicken parmesan. It was clear that the point was to examine the different resources that are available for those with different incomes.
The mood was noticeably different as soon as each student realized what group they were placed in. For some of the high income table, there were feelings of guilt. For those of low income, there were feelings of envy. Perspective was changed even more drastically when some students were asked to change their positions.
The evening was capped off with special guest speakers, including the executive director of midnight run, Dale Williams. He relayed some of his early struggles with hunger and poverty and provided unique perspective. "Hunger isn't when you only have a granola bar and wait a long time until dinner. True hunger is not knowing when your next meal is going to be and going entire days without food."
Some of the sharp commentary from the evening penetrated the consciousness of some of those who were attending. One of those was senior Tom Mascia. He was moved from the high income group and the low income group, and he realized how blessed he is. "It was very humbling to see how quickly things could change. You can't afford to take anything in life for granted."
All of the proceeds from the evening was put towards the campus' Midnight Run effort, a not-for-profit organization that provides food, clothing and toiletries for those living on the streets of New York City.
Everyone left the evening with a deeper understanding of how important the issue of poverty is, but how we must realize someone else may need what we have each day.