“Who’s Hungry?” photo exhibit at Mercy Center in Burlingame

Two boys with face paint

Just a little over a year ago Lucy Crain, a friend and retired pediatrician, talked to me about possibly doing a photo shoot of hungry children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was concerned because food insecurity is a national problem and pediatricians don’t routinely screen for it.

How big a problem? According to recent CDC surveys 20% of children in our country live in families that are food insecure. That means 1 in 5 children nationally live in families that have insufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. In the high-rent San Francisco Bay Area 1 in 4 children, or 25%, live in food insecure families.

Girl sitting on bench

Children living in these families are at higher risk for obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health and developmental problems because parents can’t afford high cost, but nutritious fruit and vegetables. The children fill up on cheaper, energy dense foods. So it’s important the pediatricians ask parents about their children’s diets and connect them with food banks if needed.

Our photo project is called: “Who’s Hungry? You Can’t Tell by Looking.” It includes 20 photographs, 10 of children from food secure families and 10 from food insecure families. I am the only person who knows which children come from food insecure families.

The San Mateo Daily Journal recently had a story about the exhibit: “Exhibit highlights hunger in Bay Area“, Nov 29, 2014.

Please visit the exhibit, view the photos, and see if you can tell who is hungry. And ask yourself: should this be happening in our wealthy country? The exhibit will be up until December 31, 2014.

Mercy Center
2300 Adeline Dr.
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-7474

Girl sitting on carved bench

Boy on dad's knee

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