April 2017 -- Nisan-Iyar 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 4

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Must-See Experience Reveals Faces, Stories of America’s Hidden Hungry in Mamaroneck

Westchester Jewish Center (WJC) will   host “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in Mamaroneck from April 25 to April 28. This first-of-its-kind free exhibit that will bring the community face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements. The exhibit will be stationed at WJC, on Palmer and Rockland Avenues in Mamaroneck.

 

“We often think of hunger in stereotypes, such as the homeless person walking down the street, but the reality of hunger in Mamaroneck is much more complex,” said Aleza Kulp, Education Director at the Westchester Jewish Center. “This exhibit gives us an opportunity to engage the whole community with an incredible experience that will change the way you look at hunger. We want to help everyone understand that those who are hungry can be your neighbor who just lost her job or the teenager at school who can’t concentrate properly because he isn’t eating enough nutritious food at home.”

 

To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in Westchester, WJC partnered with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring “This Is Hunger” to a local audience. The exhibit 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.

 

“This Is Hunger” is housed in a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer that, when parked and opened on both sides, provides nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibit is on a 10-month national tour that is stopping in more than 30 cities across the country.

 

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 more information, visit mazon.org or contact Aleza Kulp at (914) 698-2960

 

For free ticket reservations and tour times, visit thisishunger.org.