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Nov. 26, 2003
DH-02 TK 072
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


California State University, Dominguez Hills
To Hold Banquet, Raising Awareness
of a Worldwide Hunger Crisis

Banquet proceeds to feed the hungry around the world

CARSON, Calif. – Students, faculty and staff from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will hold a second annual “Hunger Banquet” on Tuesday, Dec. 2, between 2 - 5 p.m. in the Loker University Student Union. The banquet is designed to focus attention on the rate of hunger around the world.

CSU Dominguez Hills, along with representatives from Oxfam International and Heifer International, will utilize the banquet to raise the public’s level of awareness and sensitivity to the worldwide crisis of hunger and people in need. Oxfam and Heifer are global charitable organizations.

“More than 31 million Americans are plagued by hunger every day,” said Sara Waller, associate professor of philosophy at Cal State Dominguez Hills. “Across the globe, 800 million people go without adequate food and nearly 24,000 of them die each day,” Waller said. “Possibly the most alarming statistic to consider is that 18,000 children 5 years old and younger perish each day because they lacked necessary food and health care.”

Waller said the “Hunger Banquet” will give participants an opportunity to witness firsthand the disparate distribution of food and its resulting impact on society. “Participants will purchase a ticket for what they believe will be a hearty lunch from the United States,” Waller said. “However, the surprise will come when they find out that their meal may resemble meager offerings of food from an impoverished country.”

The Hunger Banquet is sponsored by Oxfam International and Heifer International. Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and world hunger. Heifer International offers hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.

Tickets for the banquet are $10 for CSUDH faculty, $7 for staff and $100 for administrators. Students will be able to purchase a meal ticket for any donation they can afford. All proceeds from this banquet will be used to feed the hungry at local, national and international locations. Please call Sara Waller at (310) 793-1354 for more information on the banquet.

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