Compelling Photo Series Shows Life On Food Stamps
Sponsored by “Hunger Free Colorado”, a recent photo series gave digital cameras to 15 woman living on food stamps in Colorado, and asked them to document their lives using the cameras in a series called “Hunger Through My Lens“. The concept is simple, but what it leaves us with, is some incredibly powerful images on the harsh reality of the lives of those battling hunger in America.
The mission itself has two motives – to promote awareness of hunger issues in America, and to empower those who are living on food stamps to not be ashamed.
Speaking to PBS, director of Hunger Free Colorado Kathy Underhill shows her passion for such a subject – “This issue is hard to talk about. There’s so much stigma attached to hunger in America, … everyone has this archetype of who’s hungry in America and it’s usually the gentleman on the side of the street with the cardboard sign.” Underhill added “The truth is, you’re most likely to live in a hungry household in Colorado if you’re between the ages of 0 and 5. You’re most likely to be hungry if you’re an older adult or a single woman. So it’s incredibly important for folks to understand that hunger can impact anybody.”
Many of the woman part of the series are victims of heath issues that have forced them onto poverty, suggesting that a broken healthcare system may be one of the perpetrators.
“The stress of $50 a week — $2.40 per person, per day for one mom, two kids.”
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The images taken are currently on display at Denver libraries, churches, coffee shops and various other locations across the city. At each locations opening, the women come to speak of their personal struggles.