At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.
Unless you’ve been to one of these interactive events, it’s hard to explain how memorable, emotional, and inspirational it can be, to name just a few words we’ve heard from Oxfam supporters over the years. People often get in touch to tell us how a Hunger Banquet gave them a deeper understanding of hunger and poverty, or even a whole new perspective.
While this event has been a Thanksgiving seasonal tradition for nearly 40 years, we’ve seen social media bring a fresh energy to the scene that pushes the message far beyond the walls of the room and still captures that feeling of inspiration and connection.
So far, I’m impressed by the tweets I’ve read about people’s reactions to Oxfam America Hunger Banquets this fall. Believe me, I’m in the business of writing tweets–and I know how difficult it can be to convey such a BIG feeling in 140 characters. A few that caught my eye:
— Perdeep Badhesha(@DeepNotShallow) October 16, 2012
— Fiona Ian (@localskies) October 10, 2012
@hb_planning it was an enlightening experience! I was impoverished; but that was the tastiest rice I’ve had in my life
— SLiCE CSU (@slice_csu) October 23, 2012
OxFam Hunger banquet… #eyeopening
— Jess Ratliff (@jessygirl93) September 17, 2012