by Nate Imig
It was a lunch hour to remember at Alverno College.
During last month's Community Day, a small group of students voluntarily underwent a "hunger banquet," an unusual exercise that puts global food inequality into perspective.
The group was split into three tiers, from poor to wealthy. 60 percent of the group was served a meal according to their simulated income — just half a cup of rice, served in paper cups.
A middle-income group was served only a slightly better meal, rice and beans with a glass of ice water. Finally, the remaining students, 15 percent of the class, were treated to a decent meal of pasta with a fresh salad, served on real china alongside cranberry juice to drink.
The exercise was organized by the global anti-poverty organization Oxfam.
How did the hunger banquet change students' perspectives? Click the podcast player above to find out.