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EAT THE WAY THE WORLD EATS: HUNGER BANQUET TO HELP ROSARIAN STUDENTS UNDERSTAND POVERTY AND HUNGER
Organized by Rosarian AcademyÕs National Junior Honor Society, the seventh and eighth grades participated in an Oxf Hunger Banquet on Friday, March 7, 2014. The Hunger Banquet provided students the unique and memorable opportunity to walk in someone elseÕs shoes for a single meal that was transformed into a true socioeconomic cross section of the world.
Followed by a presentation by Father John D’mello (a native Indian priest who is currently part of St. PatrickÕs Church in Palm Beach Gardens) related to local and world poverty, each person received a random character card reflecting the fily income level that they would represent at the banquet. The students were then invited to Òeat the way the world eatsÓ as they received a representative meal based on their assigned group. 20% of students represented the high-income tier (above $6,300 a year), 30% represented the middle-income ($1,128 – $6,300 a year), and 50% represented the low-income (less than $1,128 a year). The high-income tier received a full meal; the middle-income group received a portion of rice and beans; and the low-income section only received a small portion of rice.