Salt Lake Community College will host free community events this Wednesday in support of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
The campaign’s website says 49 million Americans face a real threat of hunger. SLCC student leaders have organized a film screening and a hunger banquet to focus on the importance of this issue and explain how hunger affects a community.
Student Life and Leadership will screen the documentary “A Place at the Table” starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Event Center. Catholic Community Services representatives will also participate in a question-and-answer session about the film at 1:30 p.m.
“The documentary is really powerful,” says Gabe Moreno, outreach and service chair on the President’s Board of the Student Life and Leadership Council. “It really touches on those issues surrounding the United States and how we struggle with food and security. I don’t want to spoil it, but I would highly suggest taking the time to go and see it.”
Student Life and Leadership will also organize an Oxfam Hunger Banquet beginning at 6 p.m in the Student Event Center. The unique dinner serves as an example of food scarcity in this country and around the world.
“Think of the hunger banquet as an interactive banquet that gives you a real perspective of what it truly means to be hungry,” Moreno says. “You will walk away with a whole new perspective and understanding.”
All students are invited to participate and raise awareness about just how many people go hungry each day.
“I would love to see more students participating in events like this, and take what they learn and start conversations about hunger and homelessness in their communities and around their homes,” Moreno says.