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LSC-Kingwood students host hunger banquet

Hunger Banquet
Lone Star College-Kingwood will have its third Hunger Banquet on Oct. 21 in the SCC.

To gain insight into what hungry people go through on a daily basis, Lone Star College-Kingwood students invites the campus and community to its third Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The Hunger Banquet, hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement, is a student-led project designed to raise community awareness about global and local poverty. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Conference Center (SCC).

“The purpose of the hunger banquet is to raise awareness of the harsh and atrocious conditions that a vast number of humans across the globe struggle with on a daily basis,” said Nelson Mendez, a LSC-Kingwood student on the Hunger Banquet Committee. “Since not all of us are born with the same opportunities as others, we hope to better our community and the surrounding areas by persuading our audience to help the ones in need.”

General admission is a $5 donation or three non-perishable food items. Upon entry, guests will draw tickets that will randomly assign each of them to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level will receive a corresponding sized ceramic bowl and meal. Bowls are made by students in the LSC-Kingwood Advanced Ceramics class and local businesses will donate the meals.

“Approximately 120 to 130 people participated in the last event. As a result, we collected food and money to provide 5,000 meals to Houston’s hungry. We know that life is not fair,” said Christopher Briones, a LSC-Kingwood student on the Hunger Banquet Committee. Therefore, we believe that the topic of hunger affects not only those who are hungry, but all of us as well.”

The 20 percent in the high-income tier will be served a sumptuous meal; the 20 percent in the middle-income section will eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 60 percent in the low-income tier will receive small portions of rice and water. Students will guide participants through an interactive event which illustrates how the rise in global poverty and hunger affects everyone. Guest speakers will discuss needs in the community and what actions have taken place in the fight against hunger.

“We believe it is always good to help kids and families, not just here in the United States but from other countries, who need help because they cannot provide food for their citizens. Today for you, tomorrow for me,” said Claudia Lezama, a LSC-Kingwood student on the Hunger Banquet Committee.

The Hunger Banquet is one of many civic-minded events developed by the Center for Civic Engagement. To combat hunger facing students and employees at LSC-Kingwood, the college, Humble Area Assistance Ministries and The Mission Northeast host a monthly food drive on campus. For more information on the Center for Civic Engagement, visit www.LoneStar.edu/LSC-Kingwood-Civic-Engagement.edu or email CCE@LoneStar.edu.

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Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.