Some Trucks Deliver Food, Some Trucks Deliver Awareness
Hunger knows no particular demographic. It affects people of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, family backgrounds and faiths. It’s a pervasive issue all across the country, and MAZON, a national hunger relief advocacy organization, has been working for more than 30 years to raise awareness about the issue of hunger.
Based in Los Angeles, MAZON knew they wanted to take their message as far across the U.S. as it can go, as hunger affects tens of millions of Americans in every state and every community. MAZON decided it was time to take the stories they’ve heard about hunger and give them wheels.
MAZON started This Is Hunger, a project in which a semi truck tours the nation and stops in metro areas. Visitors can go inside the truck’s trailer, where they hear and read stories of just a few of many hungry individuals who need our help. No two stories are the same, and yet the hunger narrative is more common among our neighbors than many realize.
This Is Hunger made its 19th stop in the Twin Cities metro and will be here through Friday. Second Harvest Heartland staff and board members have made a point to visit this exhibit. We are all in this together—and no matter how many stories we hear every week from our neighbors, no two stories are ever the same, and it is important for all of us as a community to listen.
As we visited, we were struck by the stories we heard on the video in the back of the This Is Hunger truck. One account was from a child who had a hard time learning when he was hungry. One couple went without meals so their baby could eat. One man used to make $100,000 per year but was unexpectedly laid off, and he found himself having to adjust to a sudden life change he never would have thought to plan for.
You can help change these stories. Advocate. Have the conversations with your loved ones about the face of hunger. Volunteer for your local hunger relief organizations. Donate and make meals possible for these hungry neighbors locally.
Thank you to MAZON for bringing This Is Hunger to our community and for doing the work you do!