Bringing home the issue of hunger in northeast Missouri is the purpose of an event hosted by the Northeast Community Action Corporation Sunday, August 3.

NECAC's first "Hunger Banquet" is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Shirley Bomar Community Center at 253 Munger Lane in Hannibal.

Those who come to the banquet will get a card that will entitle them to eat at one of three tables. One table features a meal of steak, baked potato, salad and a choice of drinks and desserts. Another table has a meal of pasta, vegetable, bread, drink and a small dessert. The diners at the third table will received the type of meal they would get in a soup kitchen. The different meals are designed to portray typical meals for upper, middle and low income families.

There will also be speakers and information on hunger and what organizations like NECAC are doing to help low income families with food.

The event is free, but reservations are required. The number to call for reservations is 573-324-6633.

Betty Whittaker is the Community Services Block Grant Program Director for NECAC. She was a guest on KHMO's Talk Back: