Meet The Faces of Hunger
Here in Sacramento County, an estimated 245,000 residents go hungry at some point each month. Who are these people? How did they find themselves in such a situation? What are we doing to address this staggering community-wide problem?
To find out, we went to the places people grappling with food insecurity go: our region’s food banks and community clinics. Nearly fifty people shared their stories of coping with hunger. These storytellers are students in your schools and seniors in your community. They are your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends. Their experiences reveal the interrelated issues of transportation, housing, unemployment, health and stigma. They show us a hidden landscape of hunger.
Hidden Hunger: Storybooth is part of Capital Public Radio’s multimedia documentary series, The View From Here (TVFH). The series raises the voices of everyday people responding to change in their lives and the challenges of our times. Community engagement is at the heart of the TVFH, as we work to collaboratively to discover, understand, and give voice to community needs, values, and aspirations. For more information contact jesikah maria ross.
Hidden Hunger: Storybooth aims to raise awareness about food insecurity and the interwoven issues that result in hunger here at home. The project created content for and with the partner organizations in order to engage the wider public in exploring local issues and creative solutions. Our community partners are:
The project brought together a Coordinating Council to inform public radio productions and develop story-based community activities. Council members include:
Davida Douglas, Alchemist CDC
Dawn Dunlap, Sacramento Natural Food Coop
Cynthia Foltz, Health Education Council
Zoey Goore, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics
Kevin Jenkins, St. Marks Church
Erik Kintzel, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
Robyn Krock, Sacramento Region Food Systems Collaborative
Alan Lange, Community Link
Mary Meagher, California Emergency Foodlink
Todd McPherson, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
Randy Stannard, Grow Sacramento
Amber Stott, Food Literacy Center
Eileen Thomas, River City Food Bank
Oscar Velasco, Health Education Council
Special Thanks To
The brave, generous community members who shared their stories of hardship on this site.
Participating food banks and clinics:
Food bank and clinic liaisons: Margie Erwin, Marie Jachino, Lauren Razzano, Kelly Siefkin, Renee West
The schools, government agencies, and community-based organizations who participated in stakeholder convenings to share their ground level knowledge about hunger in Sacramento.
The Coordinating Council members who gave so much of their time to help create this community engagement effort.
Producer/Director jesikah maria ross
Associate Producer Kate Gonzales
Photography Andrew Nixon
Audio Editing Paul Conley and jesikah maria ross
Audio Engineering Paul Conley
Storybooth Recordists Lester Robancho, Joanne Serrieh, and
Technology Consultant Marnette Federis
Design Consultant Brianne Leymaster, BELdesign
Hidden Hunger: Storybooth is part of Capital Public Radio’s
multimedia documentary series, The View From Here.
Question or comments? Contact jesikah maria ross.