UK Headquarters staff go hungry

October 14, 2010

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In preparation for World Hunger Day on October 16, the staff at Mercy Corps European headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland participated in a Global Citizen Corps (GCC)-led hunger banquet. Kira, a new GCC leader, set the scene by providing a table laden with fresh juice, coffee, yogurt, pastries and toast — but this lovely spread was only for one lucky staffer!

Another two staff, representing the 25 percent of the world on a fragile middle income, sat at a bare table with only toast and cold tea. The remaining five staff, who symbolized the 60 percent trapped in low income, sat without a table (although we were generous enough to provide seats), sipped water and ate just bread.

The hunger banquet is adapted from an Oxfam resource, and has been used by many GCC leaders to explore the inequality of food distribution and links between the very rich and the very poor. For images of food from around the world and discussions of food and hunger issues, please go see our Food 4 Thought feature on the GCC web site: