“The boys and the cost of food continues to grow, but our food budget doesn’t.” – Belinda
“I am educated and make good money, but it’s still not enough.” – Jill
The Story Behind Hunger Through My Lens
In 2013, Hunger Free Colorado introduced Hunger Through My Lens to provide real-life experts—Coloradans who have experienced hunger firsthand—with a platform to share their stories about the realities of hunger throughout Colorado. Hunger Through My Lens was based on the photovoice model, a form of participatory action research developed by Caroline Wang and Mary Anne Burris. It’s three main goals are to:
- enable people to record and reflect their community’s strengths and concerns
- promote discussion about important issues through group discussions of photographs
- reach and influence policy makers
Due to its impact and success, Hunger Through My Lens expanded from metro Denver to share perspectives from different regions of the state, including the San Luis Valley, the Roaring Fork Valley and the Arkansas River Valley.
In 2018, Hunger Through My Lens evolved to become a broader storytelling and advocacy platform to support more Coloradans in sharing their stories and experiences with decision makers. In addition to photography, Coloradans are now be able to share their story through written, video or audio recordings, as well as personal artwork.
*note: we no longer provide cameras