By Andrew Kutzer

Oxfam will host its Hunger banquet to raise awareness for the refugee crisis in Europe from 6-8 p.m. on April 19 in MSU 218.

Students attending the event will be split into categories signifying the upper, middle and lower classes. According to Kayla Meehan, Oxfam’s president, the event is designed to depict what it’s like to live in poverty.

The high class will receive a full course meal, middle class will receive rice and beans and low class will receive a bucket of cold rice with a plate, according to Meehan, a clinical psychology major.

“Students should come with an open mind, looking to get a newer perspective on hunger and other issues,” said Meehan.

Oxfam, a global organization, focuses on issues of hunger, poverty and social injustice, according to their website. The KU club is a chapter of the larger organization.

“Oxfam is a huge umbrella of all different types of issues. Their main focus is for the people and for creating enough resources for others,” said Meehan.

Last semester, Oxfam held a fundraiser for farmers in Nepal and purchased 50,000 seeds to aid the country after an earthquake, according to Meehan.

A KU graduate, Troy Spier, will speak about his time working with refugees in Greece.

Interested students can email starting a week before the event. Oxfam meets in the Bear’s Den on Mondays at 5 p.m.

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