Hunger luncheon banquet planned at URI Providence on
Closing Event for Hunger Awareness Month at URI,
open to public
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- April 21, 2000 -- The April Hunger Awareness Month
will culminate in its grand finale a hunger banquet at the University
of Rhode Island Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, Paff
Auditorium, on April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission to the banquet
is $2 and the public is invited to attend. All participants are requested
to bring a canned good to contribute to the Rhode Island Food Bank.
Students from the Met School, located within the same building as URI's
Feinstein College of Continuing Education, will conduct the hunger banquet
as co-collaborators of this hunger awareness campaign. The banquet will
be modeled after the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet and adds a new dimension
to the banquet style by incorporating stories and facts relating to hunger
in Rhode Island and the United States into the lunch program.
Luncheon guests will be randomly selected to receive one of the three
types/classes of meals ranging from an elite luncheon to a meal consisting
of a bowl of rice. Meals for the privileged guests are served on fine china
by waiters and waitresses, while the less fortunate will eat on the floor.
Meals will be donated by Davio's at the Biltmore and Coffee Plus.
Throughout the month of April, the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger
Free America has participated in and organized a wide variety of functions
to keep the issues of hunger and poverty at the forefront of American consciousness.
The Center sponsored a "Faces of Hunger and the Urban Landscape"
exhibit, participated in the Walk for Hunger and Homelessness, supported
the Met School
Hunger Tour, contributed to the Can Do collection (part of the Feinstein
Center's exhibit and Met School collection), and continued to support Alan
Shawn Feinstein's petition calling on the President and Congress to do more
to end hunger in the United States.
To date, the Feinstein Petition to End Hunger has collected 618,913 signatures.
To sign or send a free meal to a needy person, visit the URI website
at www.uri.edu or click on www.feinsteinfoundation.com.
The URI Hunger Center events have three primary components:
1. Creating hunger awareness
2. Participatory workshops on hunger issues in Rhode Island and in the
3. Sharing stories
The URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is founded on the
principles of eradicating hunger in Rhode Island and across the nation.
The Center was initiated with a grant from Alan Shawn Feinstein, philanthropist
and humanitarian leader. For further information on how you can be a part
of this growing center, as a sponsor, lobbyist, volunteer, or supporter
please contact Kathy Cevoli, at (401) 277-5427.
For Information: Kathy Cevoli, 401-277-5427, Jan Sawyer,