The Hunger Problem
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 5th, 2014
With Thanksgiving behind us, it is hard to forget the sumptuous foods: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pies. As students at a New England prep school, we often take our three full and extravagant Milton Academy meals for granted, even occasionally finding reasons to complain. The Oxfam Hunger Awareness Lunch gives members of the Milton community a chance to learn about world hunger and appreciate the food and opportunities Milton provides. Setting itself apart from other community service activities at Milton, Oxfam Day is the best time for students to experience something that many individuals face on a daily basis: poverty.
Ms. Sugrue and Ms. Brea, Community Service advisors, organize Oxfam Day by working closely with Flik’s dining service. In preparation for the day, Community Service board members sell wristbands in the Student Center, encouraging students to take the week-long Oxfam challenge: participants must eat only rice and water from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the entirety of the week. Oxfam Day lunch assignments in Forbes are based on pieces of paper that students select at random, each piece referring to a world income level and an associated background story.
Fifty percent of students, representing the approximate percentage of low income households in the world, receive a lunch of white rice and water without utensils or seating. Another 35% of the students, who represent the middle class, receive a meal of white rice and beans with seating and utensils. The last 15% of the students, representing individuals of high income, eat the standard Milton Academy lunch. Between the money saved by Flik, the 10% donation by the bookstore, the collection boxes in the snack bar, and the sale of Wristbands, the Community Service Board is able to donate between $1,000 and $1,500 to Oxfam annually.
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