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On Friday, November 30 the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways will be hosting a Hunger Banquet from 6-8 p.m. at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Center, located at 157 Clark Street in Vestal. Unlike a traditional banquet, this event, held in collaboration with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, raises awareness about the issue of hunger through an eye-opening interactive experience.

The Hunger Banquet, a program designed by Oxfam, is a metaphor for how food and other resources are inequitably distributed in the world. Girls will be randomly divided into global economic classes (60% low-income, 25% middle-income, 15% high-income) and receive a meal representative of their status. This activity, coupled with a customized educational workshop from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, will educate girls about the issue of food disparity in our community and throughout the world. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of this important issue and information about how they can take action to make a positive difference.

Thanks to grants awarded from the Women’s Fund, part of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, and Walmart, this event will be offered free of charge to a maximum of 100 girls in grades 4-12. Non-Girl Scouts are welcome to attend but will be required to register as members prior to the event.

The registration deadline for the Hunger Banquet is November 16. To register, please visit www.gsnypenn.org. To fight hunger in our community, participants are asked to bring a donation to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. For more information about this program, contact Sara Snitchler at (607) 724-6572, ext. 2427 or ssnitchler@gsnypenn.org.

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