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First Night at PB & J

Posted on 06/25/2010 @ 02:18 PM

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PB&J

Last night was the first time for all the teens to come together and really begin addressing this weekend's topic - Hunger. We kicked off the learning with Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block who lead the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. This event was a really eye-opening experience and allowed for all of us to have a wider perspective on hunger in America and around the world.

Before the "banquet" started all the teens were assembled and were given a ticket that put them in either a high income, middle income or low income group. These terms were better defined as earning more than $12,000, $980, and any earnings less than $979 per year annually.

In our frame of reference all of those income levels would be well below the lifestyle we've become accustomed to, but on a global scale that is the breakdown.  In our group it was broken down to 10% high income, 30% middle and 60 low income.

The high income minority was served at a lovely table with salad and pasta and drinks; the middle income group had to serve themselves at a buffet of rice and beans; and the low income majority had a bowl of rice from which they served themselves. 

This real life demonstation paired with the videos and documentaries we watched were really a learning moment.  It prompted many discussions of what is fair, and not fair in global food distribution and also highlighted how much is consumed and wasted.

After our "banquet" ended, we were all seated at the table together to enjoy a delicious dinner, and more time to meet new friends and discuss our travels and activities so far.

Check back later for a teen blogger's perspective on the presentation from our keynote speaker, the founder of Hazon, Nigel Savage.

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