End Child Hunger SC ended October with the second annual End Child Hunger week. The organization uses the week as an opportunity to bring awareness of child hunger and highlight its ongoing programs. The final night was a photovoice exhibit held at the Richland Library, showcasing photos from families who have in the past or are currently experiencing hunger.
Hunger affects people in different ways, from facing difficulty in being able to afford healthy food to losing everything in a flood. “It’s about ending child hunger, but also eating healthy and how you get to become healthy,” said a woman who had a few of her photos on display at the event. “But everybody has a different struggle. There’s different ways people come about it. Think about how you go to gas stations and they have produce but they just have it thrown about… I want there to be better presentation and more stipulations as far as the things that they can provide.”
End Child Hunger SC is a great resource for children and families, and they have also been a system of support for those impacted by the 2015 flood. “I had just gotten $200 worth of groceries the day before the flood,” said Jamilah N. “We got help as far as getting food and things like that which is how I met Ashley [Ashley Page, Community Organizer] in the first place. They helped us get food while we were trying to get a place to stay. A lot of stress has been diminished by at least knowing what we’re going to eat.”
*Complete names were intentionally omitted in consideration of event participants’ privacy.