Are you curious about how the virtual Hunger Banquet will work? We put together a list of frequently asked questions just for you!
What is the Hunger Banquet?
CommUnity’s Hunger Banquet is designed to immerse participants in the reality of food insecurity. Whether in person or online, attendees interact with the program by participating in a poverty simulation that shines a light on local hunger. We randomly assign each participant to represent an income level in Johnson County. Will you fall within the wealthiest 7%, or within the 13% of individuals who go to be hungry each night?
What’s the difference between the in-person event and the virtual event?
Not much! The virtual event will still be interactive and educational, but now you can participate on your phone, tablet, or computer, from the comfort of your own home! Instead of banquet dinner service, we’ll be sending each registered participant a gift card to locally-owned restaurants unless you represent the 13% of Johnson County that experiences food insecurity.
What happens if I represent the 13%?
While you won’t receive a gift card, we hope the experience will allow you to reflect on what it might actually feel like to go to bed hungry.
How do I register?
You can visit communityhungerbanquet.org or text HungerBanquet to 41444. The cost to register is $50 per participant. Registering gains you access to the event between June 17-21, enters you for a chance to win up to a $50 gift card, and allows the Food Bank to purchase 250 pounds of food. Each participant will need to register with a unique email address to receive their login credentials!
Can I participate with friends?
Sure thing! We recommend you use a web-based video application like Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts. You can also engage with other participants on our Facebook event, and by sharing posts using the hashtag #HungerBanquet2020
Who benefits from the Hunger Banquet?
So many groups benefit from this event!
First, the 1,100 families who rely on CommUnity Food Bank as their weekly source of food. Each year, the Hunger Banquet raises the financial resources to stock the Food Bank for nearly half the year.
Second, (and so exciting!) this year we’re supporting locally-owned restaurants by purchasing gift cards for the meal portion of the event. These restaurants have been hit hard by the economic distress caused by COVID-19, and we’re proud to be able to partner with them and provide registrants with the opportunity to support these local businesses!
Third, our sponsors! Sponsoring a CommUnity event is a win-win! They help cover the costs of the event which means your registration fee goes directly to helping us provide essential services.
And finally, YOU! We believe the Hunger Banquet provides a unique educational experience that gives you the ability to advocate for those in need in our community.
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