Some 300 Salt Lake area residents ate their way to hunger Friday night at a special banquet sponsored by the International Development Network at the University of Utah.
Only 12 of those attending the 4th Annual Hunger Banquet at St. Marks Cathedral, 231 E. 100 South, picked a yellow card as they entered, entitling them to a "First World" meal, an all-American repast consisting of roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and a tasty dessert.The rest had to content themselves with a bowl of rice and beans. Those selected to receive a "Second World" meal, also received a tortilla.
Paula Quenemoen, banquet coordinator, said the purpose of the banquet is to make people more aware of hunger in the world.
Following the meal, students and guest speakers talked about world hunger. David Werner, author of "Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Handbook," was the keynote speaker. Also on the program was Quincy Troop, who was sponsored by the Black Student Union at the U.
Quenemoen said while many people are familiar with the plight of those starving because of famine, there is a second form of world hunger that is even more devastating - consistent chronic hunger.
"About 90 percent of the 35,000 people who die daily from hunger suffer from consistent and chronic hunger," Quenemoen said. "That's equal to about 100 jumbo jets crashing to the earth every day."
Those suffering from chronic hunger often appear normal to others. But the lack of proper nutrition eventually causes the body to break down, putting victims in jeopardy of dying of sickness and diseases that most people consider trivial, Quenemoen said.
Proceeds from the banquet were donated to Utahns Against Hunger. Those attending were also encouraged to bring foodstuffs for donation to the Indian Walk-in Center food bank.