Shalom Austin Hosts “This is Hunger” Exhibit: Must-See Experience Reveals Faces, Stories of America’s Hidden Hungry
When Shalom Austin visitors arrive at the Dell Jewish Community Campus from Dec. 9 to 14, they will be greeted by an unusual site – a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer. But the big rig will not be on campus delivering Hanukkah supplies. Instead, it is home to “This is Hunger,” a first-of-its-kind free national touring exhibit. When parked and opened on both sides, the truck provides nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibit space that will bring Austinites face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements.
"MAZON’s This is Hunger exhibit is a unique, multimedia presentation revealing the many faces of those who are hungry in a compelling and emotional way," said Shirley Davidoff, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger national board chair and a Dallas resident. "Our goal is to educate you, challenge your thinking and inspire you to advocate for the 42 million Americans who are hungry. Hunger crosses cultural backgrounds and is seen in populations from children to seniors and affects military personnel and college students, all who also call Austin home. With Texas having a significantly higher food insecurity rate than the national average, hunger affects this community. So come learn more and partner with MAZON."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 14.3 percent of Texas households experienced food insecurity in the years 2014 through 2016. At the national level, nearly 13 percent of American households had difficulty at some point last year in providing enough food for their families.
To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in Central Texas, Shalom Austin partnered with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring “This is Hunger” to a local audience. The exhibit, which is on a 10-month national tour that is stopping in more than 30 cities across the country, features black and white portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day.
Through digital and hands-on activities, “This is Hunger” takes participants on a compelling journey that draws them into the real-life circumstances of these individuals and deepens their awareness about who in America struggles with hunger and why. Visitors are then encouraged to educate others and advocate for change.
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. ■
For free ticket reservations and tour times, visit thisishunger.org.