Saturday, October 13, 2012

On Election Eve, Join University Students, Community Volunteers in Silver City for An Exercise in Hunger Awareness

Do you know why November 5 is important? Of course, it's the day before we go to the polls to cast our votes for the President of the United States and our congressional representatives (and for local officials, constitutional amendments and bonds).   But November 5 is also an important day in Silver City.

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On this date, the students in the Social Inequality and Environmental Sociology classes at Western New Mexico University and community volunteers will be hosting the fourth annual Hunger for Knowledge Dinner.  Just as it has been in recent years, this event is a fundraiser for the Volunteer Center of Grant County.  In 2010,  local author Sherman Apt Russell, who wrote Hunger: An Unnatural History, was a keynote speaker.

Even if the event were just a fundraiser for the Volunteer Center center, it would be extremely worthwhile for you to attend.  The center offers many great programs, including community gardens, an intergenerational lunch program, a weekend backpack program for children, and much more.

But the dinner is more than a fundraising activity; it is an exercise in awareness. "The event is intended to be educational and encourage participants and diners to think critically about their food, their social positions, and the realities of hunger and poverty in our county, state, and nation," said Becca Anderson, executive assistant at the center.

Tickets for the dinner, which will be held at the Silver City Women's Club, 411 Silver Heights Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. are $15.00 per person.  But if you plan to go, hurry and get your ticket because space is limited to 100 seats.

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