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Event Simulates World Hunger

10/31/2007 —

What is it like to go without a well-balanced meal everyday? Some of the faculty, staff, and students at Penn State Lehigh Valley will find out first hand when they participate in a hunger simulation from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12,  2007, at the campus in Fogelsville.

Participants will be randomly placed into a socio-economic group – upper, middle, or deprived – and eat a meal reflecting their economic luck of the draw. The upper socio-economic group will feast on chicken marsala with all the accompanying side dishes on fine china; the middle group will enjoy a burger and fries on paper plates with plasticware; and the deprived group will be given rice and beans served on paper plates with no utensils.  After the meal, participants will be asked to reflect on their experiences.

The program is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Wellness Committee of Penn State Lehigh Valley. A fee will be collected to participate in the simulation and will be donated to the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.

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