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The Faces Of Hunger: Second Harvest Exhibit In Downtown Jacksonville

Michael Nye

Second Harvest of North Florida is turning to the arts to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity on the First Coast.

The organization is sponsoring a free exhibit on display beginning today in downtown Jacksonville, combining photography and audio to explore the struggles of 50 hungry Americans as they battle food insecurity every day.

It’s called, “About Hunger.. and Resilience.”

The images are the work of internationally renowned photographer Michael Nye.

“As I began to explore the issue of food insecurity, it truly changed my whole perspective,” says Nye.

“Not only can you view the images of people, you hear their stories too. It’s a powerful approach to raising awareness.”

The exhibit is on display at the Wells Fargo Bank building at 1 Independent Drive through September 26th. Its purpose is not only to raise awareness, but also to encourage the community to do more to help the hungry and food insecure residents of the First Coast.

“It’s everyone from your child’s teacher to a nurse who’s just lost her job,” says Karen Rieley, Second Harvest Vice President for Advancement.

“Thousands of our neighbors are just one paycheck away from being hungry.”

Learn more about the exhibit, and Second Harvest at

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.