Oxfam hunger banquets

Oxfam’s Hunger Banquets are about something that we all love … food! Well, food security to be exact.

Can you believe that in 2016, 1 in 9 people still go hungry every day? And it’s not because the world doesn’t produce enough for everyone to eat.

Each year, World Food Day falls on 16 October. Hosting a Hunger Banquet at your school during Term 4 is a fun and interactive way to learn about food security and the issue of global hunger.


How it works

Oxfam’s Hunger Banquets are a fun, thought-provoking and interactive project for students of all ages to learn about:

  • The causes of global hunger
  • How local actions can have a global impact, and;
  • The role we all can play in helping ensure everyone has enough to eat.

The Hunger Banquet works by giving students a first-hand experience of the inequalities inherent in our food system; students are divided into groups representing high, middle and low-income regions of the globe and receive a lunch experience they’ll never forget.



The Hunger Banquet is designed for students of all ages to actively plan and run their own event, and can be a big or small as you like, involving a class group, a year level or the whole school.

“Many students were annoyed by the lack of their usual midday meal, but because of this began to discuss the issue and grasped a real awareness of the problem … we can strive to make this world hunger free. This was the true point of the day, to not only show the hardships of what people have to deal with every day but make the school community realise we have an obligation to do something.” — Thomas Leadbetter and Matthew Hall, Year 11, Ballarat Grammar.



You can host a Hunger Banquet any time of the year, or celebrate World Food Day by hosting it in Term 4.

The following resources are designed to give you everything you need to host the event. Click on each link to download them and save to your computer. You’ll also receive these resources after your register your event.

  • Hunger Banquet how-to guide for students: Download our 20 page guide including stories, planning tips and ideas, running sheets, reflection questions, character tickets, an MC script and more.
  •  Quiz chatterboxes: Our new chatterboxes are full of the most up-to-date facts and statistics on global hunger and food security. They’re a great conversation starters during your banquet, or can be used before or after the event to introduce the issue to students or enhance their understanding.
  • A4 Hunger Banquet decorative poster: This poster is great for decorating your event, taking selfies, raising awareness and more
  • A3 Hunger Banquet event poster: Use this poster to promote your Hunger Banquet around your classroom or school.
  • Hunger Banquet money box: Download our moneybox template if you’re asking Hunger Banquet participants for a gold coin donation or raising money for Oxfam’s work in other ways. Handy tip: Sticking your printout onto a manila folder or old cereal box will make your moneybox more sturdy.
  • Global hunger and climate change video (Youtube): Play this video to explore the issue of global hunger. It can be played during, before or after your Hunger Banquet event.

Curriculum relevance

Oxfam’s Hunger Banquets can be integrated into the classroom and address learning outcomes; they are most specifically relevant to the Australian Curriculum and state-based curriculum subject areas of Geography, English, Home Economics/Food Technology, HASS/SOSE, and Health, as well as global education, student leadership, service learning and social justice programs.

We have also produced a number of teaching resources to further embed this learning. Learn more about the Curriculum mapping outlining relevance or access the information via Scootle, including:

  • Teaching materials – Year 9 AC Geography: Food 4 Thought’s Geography inquiry sequence has been specially created for Unit 1: Biomes and Food Security unit, in collaboration with the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria. Suitable for use across Australia, students explore how people have altered biomes to grow food, challenges to food production and how food security can be achieved in the future.
  • Teaching materials – Year 7-10 AC English: Food 4 Thought’s English inquiry sequences explores how food shapes who we are, how food insecurity impacts on people across the world, and increases students awareness of their relationship to the global food system and the social justice issues impacting it.
  • Teaching materials – Senior health: Hands on Health Unit 4 has teachers notes and student activity worksheets that explore aid, food security, and how hunger and its causes impacts on health and human development.