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Hunger Awareness Fast

The fifth annual Hunger Awareness Fast, designed to raise political and spiritual awareness of local and global hunger and poverty issues, took place on November 19. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Vassar Hunger Action Committee, and Dutchess Outreach, an agency that provides temporary basic support and advocates for families and individuals in need, co-sponsored the fast and the related daylong programs.

“The fast brings together groups of faith and social activism to discuss the multidimensional aspects of hunger,” said Religious and Spiritual Life Fellow Rebecca Weinberg ’06. “The act of fasting is deeply personal, and those involved periodically reflected on their experience over the day.”

The event was held in conjunction with the Hunger Action Network of New York State’s annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.

“We hold the fast during Thanksgiving week to highlight how amidst a time of year associated with abundance so many of us have so little,” said President of the Vassar Hunger Action Committee Ilyse Kramer ’08. “The Hunger Awareness Fast helps us gain insight into the pangs of hunger, which countless residents of our own city experience each day.”

On November 19, a vegetable harvest organized by the Poughkeepsie Farm Project was delivered to the Lunchbox, a soup kitchen in downtown Poughkeepsie run by Dutchess Outreach. The day’s on-campus programs included an open forum with those fasting, an interactive art project on the library lawn, and a break fast with food from Zorona, a local Middle Eastern restaurant.

December 2007


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