Hunger banquet highlights food, health links

Camosun students host banquet where attendees will learn about inequality in access to food

Anthropology students at Camosun College are inviting guests to dinner – though invitees are more than likely to go home hungry.

Students of Culture, Health and Illness, a medical anthropology class offered at the college, aim to showcase the inequality in access to food by hosting a hunger banquet.

The banquet, modelled after an Oxfam initiative, will see 10 per cent of attendees served three-course meals at fine table settings. Thirty per cent of guests will receive smaller meals of beans and rice, while 60 per cent will be served small plates of rice on paper plates as a symbol of the unequal distribution of food at home and around the world.

“Not being able to get enough food definitely has an effect on health and well-being,” said student Jessica Ebanks. “There is a definite disparity here in Victoria.”

Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May and visitors from Victoria’s Cool Aid Society and Doctors Without Borders will speak at the event, slated to take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday (March 18) in the cafeteria of Camosun’s Lansdowne campus. Admission is $5 and includes a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Cool Aid and Doctors Without Borders.

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