As part of Poverty & Homelessness Week, Centre College will hold its annual food insecurity dinner, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Ewen Room in the Campus Center.
The dinner will kick-start a discussion on food security and provide time for brainstorming and service planning to address the issue.
“The goal of the event is to provide an open space where students of various levels of knowledge about food insecurity can come educate themselves and discuss the topic,” said Anna Bushong ’21, Bonner Scholar and member of the Poverty & Homelessness Week committee.
The event will be two-fold with a focus on both food insecurity in Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia, as well as Danville–Boyle County. Information will be provided by the Appalachian Hunger Coalition, as well as two of Danville’s prominent food security advocates, Grace Café and Sodexo.
Those in attendance can expect an educational event that examines the immediate issues of food access, health and safety, as well as digging deeper into systemic issues of policy failure, long-term malnutrition and the impact of food insecurity on other aspects of people’s lives.
“Interacting with the topic of food insecurity can be difficult for many reasons, but we hope that we can help foster a better understanding of the issues and contribute to the holistic perspective of Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia,” Bushong said.
She added that after speaking with the Appalachian Hunger Coalition, attendees will be served vegetable soup, saltine crackers, rice and black beans. This is a representation of a full meal that can be obtained through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food pantries.
“Regardless of if you are from Kentucky, out-of-state or an international student, this state is our home for four years,” she concluded. “Engaging with Kentucky’s issues, especially underrepresented and misunderstood regions like Eastern Kentucky, are a part of being able to say upon graduation that you came to know the state and the community you were a part of.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 14, 2018
IF YOU GO
Food Insecurity Dinner
Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m.
The Ewen Room, Campus Center
Limited seating is available, Register here.