Feeding America

Joel Sartore's avatar Joel Sartore

For the majority of Americans, true food need is something they never have to face. We live in an age of abundance, with delicious meals around each and every corner. But for some, the reality is that the pain of hunger is something they face each and every day, often silently and without complaint. My exhibition was born out of an assignment from Feeding America, the nation's premier hunger relief organization. Working in collaboration with National Geographic, we set out to tell the stories of those in need, from America's wealthiest suburbs to those stricken with by grinding poverty. Those photographed look just like you and I. They have families, hopes and dreams. None of the people I met were "lazy". Indeed, they were just the opposite. They want to work but either are disabled, can't find a job, or are working at jobs that don't pay enough to even meet the poverty line. Without access to free food each month, many would have to choose between paying for groceries and paying their rent. In other words, without food assistance, many would be out on the street. These are their images, and their stories. They've invited us into their world, if only for the few moments you spend looking at this exhibition. My mission is to get you to care, pure and simple. Now, do you? --Joel Sartore April, 2016

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: TBD
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: TBD
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: TBD