October 22 through 29 marks End Child Hunger SC Week in both the City of Columbia and Richland County, with a mission to build awareness, increase community capacity, and address child hunger in the Midlands and beyond.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Richland Library's main branch, a photovoice exhibit will be on display which uses photos to document the lives of families who have or are currently experiencing food insecurity.

“The photovoice exhibit concept stemmed from the idea of wanting individuals across the Midlands to have a more intimate view of the struggles and barriers many families face that deal with food insecurity,” says Ashley Page, who serves as the community organizer for End Child Hunger SC. “Some of these situations are the loss of employment, the flood we suffered last year, loss of transportation and other factors.”

It is important to know how heavily this issue impacts our state and the Midlands area, says Page. Getting involved can be as simple as supporting local politicians who have poverty- or hunger-related platforms, she says, or attending county-wide meetings that focus on eradicating childhood hunger, the dates of which can be found at EndChildHungerSC.org.

“We hope that each viewer of the exhibit leaves motivated to have more compassion for the thousands of low-income families around the Midlands wanting to take action on systemic barriers that hinder families being able to provide for themselves,” Page says.

End Child Hunger SC is based out of the University of South Carolina’s Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and is composed of organizations, agencies and parents that want to solve the issue of childhood hunger in South Carolina.

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