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“Hunger Banquet” Kicks Off World Food Day Observance

On Friday, October 12, the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (CES) begins its World Food Day observance with a “Hunger Banquet” from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Great Hall on the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This event is open to 4th through 9th graders, representatives from the Department of Education, and other community leaders. The Hunger Banquet is made possible through the generous support of Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle. These groups will join us in this unique event and experience the challenges of poverty and world hunger. 

The activities continue from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14 on the grounds of the University’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. While admission is free, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the day's food drive. All food collected will be donated to local food banks. World Food Day, officially celebrated on October 16 but is observed worldwide during the month of October and brings attention to the plight of the hungry and undernourished in the Territory and the world. This year’s World Food Day theme, selected by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, is “Our Actions are our Future. A #Zero hunger world by 2030 is possible”.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.