On Friday 12th May pupils and staff at Milton Abbey School had a ‘Hunger Lunch’ to support the Oxfam East Africa Famine Appeal and the upcoming World Hunger Day on 28th May. Instead of the normal Friday lunch, the ever popular weekly fish and chips or a range of salads which are enjoyed in the school’s medieval Abbot’s Hall, our chefs made a simple lunch of soup and a bread roll.
The aim was to raise awareness of global famine; the previous day at our Chapel service the prayers, hymns and readings were all themed around ‘hunger’. The school community spent time reflecting on the truly staggering scale of global hunger, where hunger kills more people than AIDs, malaria and tuberculosis combined, and the relative comfort of Milton Abbey school life. Staff and pupils were asked to consider if they had really ever experienced hunger, and what real hunger might feel like.
The savings made from this modest lunch will be donated to the Oxfam appeal along with additional donations from staff and pupils. We hope that in some small way this will help the 795 million people experiencing hunger around the world and remind pupils that food is something that many people cannot take for granted.