Creators Speak About Hunger Project Oct. 25
UNC faculty member Maureen Berner and photographer Donn Young will speak about the Hunger Project at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in East Gallery of Founders Hall.
The presentation will include statistical research by Maureen and the photo project — A Portrait of Hunger — by Donn. The Hunger Project Photo Exhibit has been on display in Founders and the Center for Principled Problem Solving since late September.
The Hunger Project is an effort to document hunger in the state, and raise awareness about the issue. The project team has visited more than 21 food pantries as part of the project and collected information on about 500 clients, including their families.
“I’ve been interested in poverty issues for a long time, and hunger is the best way to measure when a family is in need — not income guidelines or whether or not they get government assistance — but when they can’t make the dollar stretch enough to get food on the table,” Maureen said.
“This project came about when I started working with a student on her internship at a food bank where she was asked to analyze data on how demand for food had grown. The numbers shocked me. And that was 12 years ago.”