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A visual, culinary representation of global wealth disparity

Offering diners a visual and culinary representation of global wealth disparity, the 23rd annual Brigham Young University Hunger Banquet will be Saturday, March 16, in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom.

Tickets are $8 in advance at the Wilkinson Center Information Desk or $10 at the door. The event is open to the public and begins with an Involvement Fair at 6:30 p.m. and seating at 7 p.m.

Samira Harnish, founder of Women of the World, is the keynote speaker this year and will address this year’s Hunger Banquet theme of global women empowerment, “Heal the Half, Unite the Whole.”

The Hunger Banquet is an academic event meant to enrich the educational experience of students by exhibiting the many resources on campus that will help focus their education on effecting positive social change. On-campus entities, as well as other BYU-affiliated programs and organizations, will be present at the event to educate students about internships and many other academic opportunities.

Following tradition, diners will be randomly assigned to sit in a high-, middle- or low-income area and will be provided a meal corresponding to their assigned income class.

In conjunction with the Hunger Banquet, the fourth annual Hunger Banquet Creative Competition, illustrating the same theme “Heal the Half, Unite the Whole,” is now being shown on the first and second floors of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies through Friday, March 15 .

The Hunger Banquet and Creative Competition are sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center, the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, the International Development Minor, BYU Dining Services and the academic club Students for International Development.

For more information about the Hunger Banquet, visit

Writer: Hwa Lee