Every day millions of people around the world go hungry. It could be a family member, neighbor or colleague. An event sponsored by the Black Hills State University Multicultural Committee and the Psychology Club will raise awareness to the fact that hunger happens everywhere, locally and around the world. 

The Evening of Hunger Awareness is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of hunger both locally and internationally,” said Dr. John Alsup, BHSU professor of math education and the chairman of the University’s Multicultural Committee.

In past years, the committee has held a Hunger Banquet where guests were selected randomly for their meal and assumed characterizations of a specific person at the income level they were assigned. Some were served high end meals, others had a more modest dinner and the majority ate a small portion of rice and noodles.

This year’s event is less formal and everyone will be served rice and tea. The event is free and open to the public with donations going to local and international charities, Alsup said.

“This event will be eclectic with people sharing personal experiences or sharing what they know,” he said. “It will be more of an open forum.”

Alsup said this year the committee decided to spend less money on the hunger banquet so they could designate more funds to sponsor and promote other causes.  

The focus of the event, however, remains the same. There will be presentations from a variety of people including Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, BHSU professor of political science, Dr. Sandra Marker, BHSU associate professor of sociology, as well as representatives from the Spearfish Community Pantry and the Cornerstone Mission in Rapid City.