Small School Doing Big Things

by Free Speech on December 15, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Lodi, WI
12/15/09

Local students host hunger awareness event, Food For Thought.

Did you know that one out of every eight children under the age of twelve in the U.S. goes to bed hungry every night? Did you know that every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger?

Madison Country Day School high school students are hosting an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to get Madisonians thinking. As “food insecurity” in our nation has soared to affect 49 million Americans (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/us/17hunger.html), students are determined to build awareness on the issue of hunger globally, nationally, and locally.

Since September, students from the Sharing our Humanity elective have been looking at the issues and connections between hunger, poverty, and education.  They are inviting MCDS families and the greater Madison community to take part in Food For Thought, a feast for the mind and heart, on January 15, 2009, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., in the MCDS Lower School lobby.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Sandra Fernandez at sferna02@sbcglobal.net.

Upon arrival to the event, participants will be given an identity card assigning them to a particular income level where they will be served food accordingly.  Special guests will include Wisconsin Public Radio’s host of Here on Earth, Jean Feraca, and The Goodman Center Food Pantry Coordinator, Helen Hazelmare.

Many thanks to event sponsors Benvenutos and Café La Bellitalia. Suggested donation for the event is $4 and/or non-perishable food items to support The
Goodman Center Food Pantry. All monetary donations will go to Oxfam and Heifer International to support their sustainable food programs.

“After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, few participants leave with full stomachs, but all possess a greater understanding of the problems of hunger and poverty and will hopefully be motivated to do something about them.” (Oxfam America)

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