Hunger Banquet to call IUSM community to action on global issues Feb. 27

February 26, 2015

A Purdue University expert in worldwide food security will be the featured speaker at the seventh annual IUPUI Hunger Banquet on Feb. 27 in the University Tower Ballroom.

This year’s event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in University Tower.

Students, staff and faculty dine on the floor during a previous year's Hunger Banquet. | Photo By IU Communications

Gary Burniske is the managing director of Purdue’s Center for Global Food Security and will deliver the keynote remarks at this year’s event, sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Global Health Student Interest Group.

The student organization believes the fight against hunger is a vital mission. Members note that nearly 1 billion people in the world do not eat enough food to be healthy, that one in six Americans are at risk of hunger, and that even people in the Indianapolis community either suffer from or are at risk of hunger.

Those are a few of the issues that banquet organizers believe the annual fundraiser can address. The event offers guests a first-hand look at the inequality that U.S. citizens don’t see on a daily basis, and serves as a forum where residents of first-, second- and third-world nations eat together.

Students in the Global Health organization use the Hunger Banquet as an opportunity to learn about food-related issues from the experts who serve as each year’s keynote speaker, and as a fundraiser through a silent auction that includes paintings, hand-woven baskets, gift certificates from local restaurants, breweries and other vendors, and much more.

At last year’s banquet, more than 100 guests raised over $4,000 to support the designated recipients: the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Fund and the Tumaini Children’s Drop-In Center in Eldoret, Kenya.

Global Health Student Interest Group leaders consider the Hunger Banquet a call to action, one that encourages students, faculty, staff and other guests to:

  • Donate to food pantries
  • Be mindful of wasting food
  • Seek out local programs in your community to volunteer

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, and ticket purchases or other donations may be made online.