Judson Journal Summer 2014_6a5ba8b8 - page 5

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Rockets Experience Hunger at the
Oxfam Hunger Banquet
(Continued)
By Kiana Dunaway
(Exclusive Student Content)
It was an eye-opening experience for everyone in at-
tendance, especially discovering how many people in the world
don’t get enough to eat on a daily basis. Statistics show that
more than 20,000 people die each day from hunger. Many
people left the banquet with awareness that hunger is a major
problem and can be fixed if people stop wasting food and do-
nate to local agencies, such as the San Antonio Food Bank.
Mr. Zachery Goertz, a coordinator from the San Antonio
Food Bank, was a special guest speaker. He presented an
overview of the various food programs that are sponsored by
the food bank, such as Kids Café and the Boys and Girls Clubs.
These programs are designed to cater to children and their
families. For example, one special program is the backpack
program, where kids are given backpacks stuffed with food, so
they are able to eat over the weekend. The food bank also of-
fers a service to assist people with their utility bills and trans-
portation to and from work. One important thing that Mr. Goertz
noted was that the San Antonio economy is strong enough to
support hunger through donations and contributions. However,
there are still people who are struggling to make ends meet,
sometimes unsuccessfully.
San Antonio needs donations to help feed its hungry.
The annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet hosted by the Judson IB
students plays an important role in alleviating this problem.
The banquet educates the public, increases awareness, and
garners support from the local community
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