Crossett’s FFA chapter recently hosted an event with the goal of giving attendees a new perspective on poverty and hunger.

The event, which the group called a “hunger banquet”, was Nov. 13.

The banquet was in the Crossett High School cafeteria. The banquet was hosted to show people that there is hunger in the world, and was an impact event in cooperation with Oxfam.

Participants were invited to attend a meal where they would learn about hunger and poverty. Each guest drew a ticket that placed them in one of three groups, and the group they drew determined what they were served as a meal.

One group was only served rice and water.  Another group was served rice, beans and tea, and male guests were allowed to eat before the women.

The highest income level group were served salad, a full meal including rice, beans and chicken casserole, and dessert. They were served by the FFA officers.

Many school personnel and community members attended the event. Brooke Clanton from the Arkansas Agriculture Department served as the master of ceremonies.

“I enjoyed learning about the different environments around the world,” attendee Samantha Person said.

Others who attended expressed amazement at what they learned during the event.

“I didn’t realize there was so much poverty still in the world,” attendee Joanna Lockwood said.

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