People signing up for assistance at St. Luke's Community House
As I swill eggnog laced with inspiration, it's undeniable that the holidays are in full swing. And because of the celebration and excess, you'll already be thinking of people struggling on the economic edge. Probably the usual images will come to mind: people on interstate off-ramps with signs. Guys hanging around outside the downtown service center.
Photographer Susan Adcock (one-time Scene shootist) has quietly put together a blog called Face of Hungerthat digs deep enough to find the hunger that catches everyone, even the hungry, by surprise. Since March, Adcock has traveled the Midstate photographing food banks, meal programs, feeding centers and their clients.
Some of the clients are bermuda-shorts-wearing families with a sense of humor and lots of hope, visiting for the first time, just until the next job starts. There are widows and widowers losing the will to live, or shouldering the burdens of people half their age. There are people whose lives have been cascades of disaster.
The line outside a Lebanon food pantry, Labor Day weekend.
Adcock's only mission has been to document, and her beautiful, crisp photos and occasional brief cutlines, tell most of the story. There's not a button or link labeled "click here to donate"--that's not Adcock's mission. But you do wish for a "click here for social justice" button, or at the very least a "click here if you're grateful for what you have" button.