The Hunger Report

An Exciting Project for The Daily Bread Food Bank

In my first post I mentioned an upcoming project I’d be taking on with The Daily Bread Food Bank and I wanted to give a sneak peek into the project because it’s something I’m super excited about.

The project is for the Daily Bread’s Annual Hunger Report, which gives information and statistics on the food bank, the people who use it and the rate at which it is used. I started volunteering at the food bank last December and was overwhelmed at the scale of the operation. According to the 2011 report, over 1 million people visited the food bank in the GTA last year. Of that million over 900,000 were in Toronto. You can dowload the pdf version of last year’s Hunger Report here.

I wanted to get involved and help their initiative in any way I could so I offered up my illustrative talents for this years report and we have already begun the initial planning and preparation for the project.

The theme we’re calling “The Faces of Hunger” and it’s centralized around the idea of breaking the stereotypes of who uses the food bank. I’m going to be doing a series of portraits for the report as well as some larger scale illustrations and info graphics.  I think the addition of illustration for this year’s report will add interest and provoke thought around the number of people who are forced to turn to the food bank to survive.

If you’re looking to help or donate to The Daily Bread visit their website or email volunteer@dailybread.ca for current opportunities. The easiest way to help is by donating non-perishable foods to your local drop off spots or arrange a drive in your community. Summers are hard for the food bank because people tend to forget about them after Easter so anything helps!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this first piece and on the project as a whole. Stay tuned to my blog for updates on the project and other ways to contribute to your community.

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