hungerSUNY Broome’s second Hunger Banquet will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Decker Health Sciences Center Room 201.  This free meal and educational presentation will be emceed by Venessa Rodriguez, Staff Associate for the Student Success Squad, and Scott Corley, Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy & Social Science.

More than just a free meal, the event increases awareness of food insecurity and social inequities, while also providing information about local resources and volunteer opportunities. While admission is free, there are a limited number of tickets available. If you would like to attend, please contact Melissa Martin in Counseling Services at martinmm2@sunybroome.edu or Laura Hodel at hodellj@sunybroome.edu for tickets.

“Last April, the college held its first annual Hunger Banquet. The idea behind the Hunger Banquet was to find a new and interactive way to bring awareness to the SUNY Broome community about the struggles that many students on our campus and around the world face,” Director of Financial Aid Laura Hodel explained. “Many students struggle, often on a daily basis, to have basic needs such as food and shelter met. The Hunger Banquet is a way to bring awareness to the campus and also a way to let those struggling students know that we as a campus community care and have a number of resources readily available to them.”

Those who attend the banquet may contribute a non-perishable, canned or packaged food item for the campus food pantry, Food for Thought.  The Hunger Banquet will also serve as the kickoff event for a food drive to stock the Food for Thought pantry. This is part of a Martin Luther King Day of Service Project undertaken by Student Activities and Student Assembly. Students who are interested in participating in this project may contact the volunteer Service Coordinator, Student Assembly VP for Financial Concerns Heather Coggin, via email at cogginhl@acad.sunybroome.edu or studentassembly@acad.sunybroome.edu.

The Food Pantry Committee meets from 2 to 3 p.m. every Thursday in SB-107. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome at all meetings.  Ways to can get involved may include collecting and weighing donations, doing inventory and helping to publicize the project. Another way to get involved is to donate food items, particularly canned goods of any kind. Donations will be collected at the Student Assembly Office in SB-107. For hours of operation and other questions, contact Student Assembly at studentassembly@acad.sunybroome.edu or Student Activities at studentactivities@sunybroome.edu.

Local assistance organizations will be present during the Hunger Banquet. Those who are unable to attend the banquet can visit the Klee Area, just outside Decker 201, during the banquet for information about services and volunteer opportunities in our community.

The Hunger Banquet is sponsored by Student Activities and the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.  Faculty members, staff members, administrators and students work together on this event.

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

~  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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