PBS NewsHour: Picturing hunger in America
What does hunger really look like in America? Fifteen Colorado women — real-life experts — document how hunger impacts their lives and communities for Hunger Through My Lensto create positive change. Watch the PBS NewsHour report about the advocacy project and participants who are taking aim at hunger with cameras to put real faces and stories to the overwhelming statistics, and the join the conversation with us on social media.
Credit: PBS NewsHour
What is Hunger Through My Lens?
There is a side of the story that we are not listening to, and it’s time our neighbors throughout Colorado know the truth.
Based on the photovoice model, Hunger Through My Lens is a new advocacy project that sheds light on the reality of hunger in the Denver Metro area. The participation of experts—individuals who experience hunger—is the foundation of photovoice and this project. Following this model, Hunger Through My Lens is designed to provide a platform for Coloradans to share their stories.
Digital cameras are the main medium for participants to express themselves and put real stories to the overwhelming statistics surrounding hunger. The photographs provide tangible evidence that there’s a need to face the impacts of hunger on individuals, families and communities throughout Colorado.
A traveling exhibit displays the photographs and stories at locations around Denver. Policy makers and stakeholders—including you—are encouraged to view the photographs, meet with participants and engage in critical dialogue. Find out where you can experience Hunger Through My Lens.
The project will release a how-to toolkit in March and expand statewide this year.
For more information on Hunger Through My Lens, contact Lauren Engle, project lead, at (303) 228-7973.
You now have the opportunity to experience Hunger Through My Lens! All are invited to see the work of the participants and learn about the issue of hunger from the real experts’ points of view. View photos from the opening exhibit.
Columbine United Church
March 1-12 – Photos on display
6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd.
Littleton, CO 80123
Kaiser Permanente locations TBA
Check back soon for more information about upcoming exhibit! You also can subscribe to Hunger Free Colorado emails (using the top right side bar) to receive updates about this project and future exhibits.
“Photovoice is a process by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community through specific photographic technique” (Wang & Burris, 1997).
Photovoice is a form of participatory action research developed by Caroline Wang and Mary Anne Burris. The three main goals of photovoice are to enable people to record and reflect their community’s strengths and concerns, to promote discussion about important issues through group discussions of photographs, and finally to reach and influence policy makers (Wang & Burris, 1997). This model has the ability to empower participants and communities by enabling individuals to share their pictures and stories with decision makers.
Hunger Through My Lens is dedicated to achieving the three goals of photovoice, specifically related to the issue of hunger. The foundation of Hunger Through My Lens is based on extensive research of photovoice studies. In addition, this project has been inspired by Witnesses to Hunger, Kaiser Permante’s Community Health Initiatives, and multiple studies conducted by Caroline Wang.
Thank you to Kaiser Permanente and ConAgra Foods Foundation for funding this project.