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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts National “This Is Hunger” Tour

Loyola press release - November 6, 2017

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

Loyola University New Orleans is proud to host “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in New Orleans Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17 to Nov. 20. This first-of-its-kind free exhibit will bring New Orleanians face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements. Loyola University New Orleans’ Food Studies and University Honors Programs will host the touring exhibit, with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

“We often think of hunger in stereotypes, such as the homeless person walking down the street, but the reality of hunger in New Orleans is much more complex,” said Daniel Mintz, director of the new Food Studies program at Loyola. “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.”

One in five households in New Orleans struggle with hunger. At the national level, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report on food security found that 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 New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans 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.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Loyola University New Orleans to bring This Is Hunger to this community,” said Michelle Stuffmann, director of communication at MAZON. “The more people understand the stark reality of who in America struggles with hunger and why, the higher our chances of rallying the political will to end hunger in America once and for all.”

“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.

The trailer exhibit will be parked in the Mercy Parking Lot at Loyola, located along Calhoun Street. Tours will be open at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Tours will be hosted hourly from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, as well as from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.

Reserve free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-hunger-la-loyola-university-tickets-39713814087