by Asa Brown
On Tuesday, unbeknownst to many, there will be a ‘Humble Lunch’.
The lunch’s purpose is to “ imitate the choices available to those receiving meals from soup kitchens” says Ruby A, a member of the Service Learning Action Committee (SLAC).
SLAC created the lunch in conjunction with Project Second Wind, which will also take place next week. The meal consists of rice, beans, vegetable, and water, similar to a meal that would be had in a soup kitchen. The meal was planned with help from Kelly Cowing, as well as the heads of divisions.
The purpose of the lunch is to generate thought about the lunches that we eat on normal school days. The student body often complains about lunch and hopefully, this lunch will make them grateful for what they have.
“We are so lucky to have as many options as we do and I hope the humble lunch reminds our community of that as we are supporting Neighborhood House through Project Second Wind” says Arianna R, who helped to plan the lunch.
SLAC anticipates mixed reactions from the student body. However, Ruby A. was adamant. “If you consider the purpose and the reality of this lunch, any complaints are clear examples of the extreme privilege we have that many of us take for granted,” she said.
Even though the lunch may have be seen as trying to impose hunger on the students, that is not case. Arianna said, “OES students can eat as much as the want and will have a snack earlier in the morning, so it won’t really be what it’s like in a soup kitchen.” Ruby echoed that sentiment. “This lunch caters to all dietary requirements and fulfills all daily caloric needs.”
To end our interview, Arianna offered a bottomline: “If students really don’t want to participate, that’s their choice. No one is going to be forced to eat anything they don’t want to. And ultimately, it’s only one lunch. No one should get that upset over a single meal.”
“I hope the community mindset shifts around our lunches. We are so lucky to have as many options as we do and I hope the humble lunch reminds our community of that as we are supporting Neighborhood House through Project Second Wind,” she added.
So when you eat lunch on Tuesday, I ask you to try to think about those who eat a similar lunch every day — and are thankful for it.