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The Hunger Banquet quite literally demonstrates what you might have for dinner in a Third World setting

February 16, 2016

Indianapolis physician Dr. Ellen Einterz will be the featured speaker March 5 at the eighth annual Hunger Banquet at 6 p.m. in Campus Center Room 450.

The IU School of Medicine's Global Health Student Interest Group sponsors the event, which last year attracted more than 125 people. The Hunger Banquet has become a campus tradition, and this year's event is expected to achieve a similar outcome. It has been:

2015 Hunger Banquet

Clean drinking water was plentiful at last year's IUPUI Hunger Banquet, but many people around the world can't take their water for granted.

  • A fundraiser to heighten awareness of hunger issues
  • A forum where the those from the first, second and third worlds eat together
  • A firsthand look at the inequality that happens daily but that most of us don’t see
  • A simulation that illustrates what it feels like on the other side of hunger
  • A meal with friends

The 2015 Hunger Banquet raised approximately $5,600, aided by a silent auction that will be held again this year. The event's two beneficiaries were:

  • Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Fund
  • Tumaini Children’s Drop-In Center in Eldoret, Kenya

Einterz spent 24 years working in Cameroon until conflict forced her to shift her focus to Africa, where she now treats Ebola patients in West Africa, Her career has acquainted Einterz well with the challenges of providing care for those dealing with the disease, but her experiences in Cameroon will be part of her keynote address, titled "Hunger and conflict: how are they linked, and can the bond be broken?"

Student tickets cost $10 each, and general tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or to donate to the cause, visit the Hunger Banquet website.

Those with questions or ideas should email the Global Health SIG.

A basket of bread would be a feast elsewhere.

A simple basket of bread in the U.S. would be considered a feast elsewhere. | PHOTOS BY LIZ KAYE / IU COMMUNICATIONS

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