PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University’s Students for International Development hosted its 27th Hunger Banquet on February 25.
Mats lined the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom, along with a few dozen chairs and a few nicely set tables.
This year’s theme was ʻTogether We are Stronger: Building a Community of Refugees.”
The main event was a dinner. Organizers randomly selected 10 percent of participants to have a five course meal, 20 percent to eat fast food, and the rest to eat beans and rice on the floor. The purpose of the event was to highlight the amount of poverty in the world. Dumdi Baribe, a student who actually lived in a refugee camp for more than two years, said she felt lucky to get a five course meal.
“I am excited for the food. I kind of feel bad that there’s a lot of people sitting on the floor though. It kind of looks like they are running out of room and we have a lot of room over here,” Baribe said.
The event also featured an information fair and entertainment from local performers.
BYU catering donated all the food, ensuring that all profits will go straight to those who need it the most.
The event raised $18,000 after the Sorensen Legacy Foundation matched all ticket sales, making it the most successful Hunger Banquet yet.
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