Volunteer UCF will be hosting its 17th-Annual Hunger Banquet Monday evening in the Student Union.

The Hunger Banquet is an interactive event designed to educate students about hunger and homelessness in their hometowns and across the world.

The “banquet” will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Pegasus Ballroom.

“After the Hunger Banquet event, few participants leave with full stomachs, but everyone will possess a greater understanding of the problems of hunger and poverty – and will feel motivated to do something about it,” said Shardy Camargo, Volunteer UCF’s hunger and homelessness coordinator.

During the “banquet,” guests draw tickets at random that assign each of them to a high-, middle- or low-income tier based on the latest statistics about the numbers of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a different meal.

Presentations will provide students with information about hunger and homelessness throughout the evening, and guest speakers will include Brent Trotter, president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and individuals who are or were homeless, such as Santos Maldonado, childhood hunger programs manager for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Volunteer UCF organizers are requesting that people interested in attending bring two nonperishable food items to benefit efforts to feed the hungry in Orlando.

You can read about last year’s Hunger Banquet in the Central Florida Future.

If you have questions about the event, you can contact vucf_hunger@mail.ucf.edu.