Over the summer I worked on three illustrations for the Daily Bread Food Bank annual report. I just received my copy of the report in the mail today and wanted to share the final outcome with you!
The report turned out beautifully, with a combination of photography, infographics and illustration in it. It is full of information and statistics about the food bank and the people who use it. The numbers are overwhelming, with over 1 million people having visited the food bank between April 2011 and March 2012 in the GTA alone.
I was really happy to be a part of putting this project together. The Daily Bread is an incredible operation and the people there work hard everyday in their fight to end hunger.
For more information and to download a pdf of the report go to http://www.dailybread.ca/learning-centre/whos-hungry-2012/
The Hunger Report
A while back I had mentioned that I had been asked to do some illustrations for a not-for-profit that is near and dear to my heart, The Daily Bread Food Bank. Originally we talked about doing a series of small portraits for the cover of their annual Hunger Report of different demographics of people who use the food bank because the theme of the report is “The Face of Hunger” and the aim is to break the stereotypes on the sort of people who use the food bank.
Instead, they opted to go with a series of three larger images for the inside of the report that correspond with different quotes from real people who were surveyed from the report.
One talks about a mother with her kids and how happy and smiling the kids were even though they didn’t have enough food on the table.
Another spoke about doctors from other countries who had come to Canada and now were struggling to find work to put food on the table.
The last quote spoke about elderly people forced into early retirement without enough in pension to sustain themselves.
I had a lot of fun working on these illustrations and it was nice to get back to doing the sort of work I did in University on different projects like my children’s book “Things I’ll Miss When I’m Grown Up”. It’s a really versatile technique that allows for a lot of detail and expression and combines my love of traditional collage and digital work. I was also happy to do illustrations for a cause that I believe so strongly in. My boyfriend, Matt, and I had been volunteering at the Food Bank since December when I was asked to do this project and I loved being able to volunteer my time in this way as well.
I will post images of the finished Hunger Report once it’s done at the end of the summer but for now I would love to hear your comments and criticisms.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.