Written by 5-8 Peace Jammers: Have you ever been in a situation where you have been hungry and you weren't sure where your next meal was coming from?
All around the world 815 million people go hungry. This is why on Friday, April 4th, the Horizons 5-8th Grade PeaceJam group decided to host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to raise our awareness of this issue. When we entered the simulation, everyone drew a card at random deciding their place in society -- high, middle or low income. Depending on their status, they would be eating either rice, rice and beans, or a full meal. After eating our meals, we had time to reflect as a group on our feelings during the experience. Everyone seemed to agree that it was a very eye-opening experience, and multiple 5th/6th graders commented on the inequality of the statuses around the room. It was impactful because there were people sitting on the ground eating rice, while others were sitting at tables eating pasta and cookies. We talked about the realization that we didn't know or consider that 80% of the world's population eats much less than we do on a daily basis. Please see the list below about some ways you can make an impact on hunger in the world. We appreciate how open the 5th/6th graders have been to the experience.
How can we make a difference:
- Help serve a meal at Community Table or a place like this
- Make a donation to groups like Oxfam, Community Table, etc. that feed those who are in need
- Learn more about the state of hunger
- Finish all the food on your plate/in your lunchbox/bag
- Try to be less picky about what is eaten and be grateful for what we have
- Only take what you will actually eat in the lunchroom, at home, etc.
- Eat leftovers, (or freeze what you can for later)
- Put extra, uneaten food in the lunchroom "Share bin" instead of throwing it away
- Donate food to Efaa in north Boulder (they have a board with specific needs)
- Have an open mind about new foods, eating seasonal foods and buying local foods when possible
- Consider decreasing the amount of meat consumed - here's a recent article
- Join a club (like PeaceJam or The Green Team) to take action on these issues