Host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®

Life isn't fair—and neither is this. At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.

What is an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet?

When guests arrive at an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, they draw tickets at random that assign each to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier—based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal. The 20 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 30 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water.

A master of ceremonies reads a script to guide participants through the interactive event. Finally, all guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal and to take action to right the wrong of poverty.

Why should I host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet?

When you host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet in your community or on your campus, you’re changing the way people think about poverty and hunger. Your event can also raise funds to support Oxfam's lifesaving work around the world. So join 40 years of tradition and host or attend Oxfam's memorable interactive event.

How do I host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet?

Follow these steps to host your event:

1. Download our planning guide

Oxfam's toolkit, “How to host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet,” includes a step-by-step planning guide, a suggested script, character tickets, and more. Sign up to download the toolkit.

2. Order materials

Order free materials for your event, like promotional posters, fact sheets, or stickers.

3. Spread the word!

If your event is public, add it to Oxfam’s event calendar. You can also create a custom event page to raise funds, sell tickets, and more (see an example). If you need help promoting your event, or have more questions, tweet us at @HB_Planning.

4. Share feedback

After your Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, email us at actfast@oxfamamerica.org to let us know how it went. And don't forget to share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #hungerbanquet.

If you sign up to get the toolkit above and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from Oxfam America.

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® is a service mark of Oxfam America. Oxfam America encourages others to use the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® brand to advertise and host their own Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® events, but requires users to adhere to the terms described in the license agreement. These terms include using the full registered brand, Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®, in your materials and on your website. Any other use of the brand requires Oxfam's permission. For inquiries and permissions requests, contact actfast@oxfamamerica.org.

Tools & downloads

  1. Tools for activists

    Host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®

    This toolkit includes a step-by-step planning guide to host your Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®, all-new character tickets, and additional tools and downloads to make your event a success.

  2. Tools for activists

    How to take action: Organizing in your community

    Taking action at the grassroots can make a difference at the global level. From meeting with lawmakers to making news, this guide covers all that you need to know.

  3. Tools for activists

    How to fundraise for Oxfam: Frequently asked questions

    Community-driven efforts like yours provide essential support for fighting poverty and responding to disasters worldwide. Check out these questions and answers to help you get started.

  4. Fact sheet

    Food for All

    Hunger isn't about too many people and too little food. It's about power, and its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources and opportunities.