Black Hills State University will host the annual Hunger Banquet Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Guests at the banquet will be selected randomly for their meal and assume characterizations that describe the situation of a specific person at the income level to which they’ve been assigned. All guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal.

“Few experiences bring to life the inequalities in our world more powerfully than a Hunger Banquet event,” said Micheline Nelson, assistant professor of math and science education. “Some of the concepts behind the event are to increase awareness of the global disparity in food equity and learning basic facts about local and world hunger.”

The banquet is sponsored by the Multicultural Committee, Sociology Club, English Club, and International Student Organization at BHSU.  The event is open to the public.

Tickets are on sale April 12 -19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby, or tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.  Suggested donation is $5. Canned food accepted in addition for Spearfish Food Pantry and Cornerstone Rescue Mission. For more information, contact Dr. John Alsup, chair of the Multicultural Committee and professor of math education, at John.Alsup@BHSU.edu or call 642-6108.