Hunger Banquet raises awareness and funds for global food security

March 5, 2015

On Feb. 27, the IU School of Medicine Global Health Student Interest Group raised more than $5,600 at the seventh annual Hunger Banquet. Helping to increase awareness of global food security, the event raised money for the Tumaini Children's Center in Kenya, which provides homeless children a source of food, shelter and education.

Event co-chairs Erica Park, Brittany McCoy and Susan Ellsperman, who are second-year IUSM students, welcomed guests and introduced a video featuring Tumaini Center liaison, Lydia Fischer, M.D., also a student at IUSM. Dr. Fischer is currently working as a researcher at the Tumaini Children’s Center during a gap year. 

“Tumaini is in such a pivotal place right now. They have just purchased an acre of land outside of town and have finished construction on a building that will not only provide a place for kids to ‘drop-in’ during the day, but also house them during the night and provide tailored education within a safe environment,” explained Dr. Fischer. “Without the aid of centers like Tumaini, there isn’t much in the way of social support for these kids, and they fall through the cracks.”