We often talk about hunger in statistics to help convey the gravity of the problem. Those numbers are necessary. But the danger of speaking in numbers is losing the humanity of those struggling, both around the world and here in America, with food insecurity. Today, we are sharing powerful images from an exhibit currently on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society, in partnership with Food Bank for New York.

In an effort to reflect the “extraordinary diversity of location, population and experience in food pantries throughout New York City,” Brooklyn-based photojournalist Joey O'Loughlin spent three years documenting the people behind the statistics in food lines across New York City. We were so moved by her photos on a recent visit to the exhibit that we asked if we could share parts of it with you today. (Although, we highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.)

As you scroll through this digital exhibit, keep in mind that 47 million Americans struggle with food insecurity. “Children, the working poor and the elderly on fixed income are the most severely affected by hunger. These are the faces highlighted in this exhibit in order to combat the myths about hunger,” says O’Laughlin.

You can help combat domestic hunger by donating to our giving partner, Feeding America (a supporter of Food Bank for NY), and hosting a FEED Supper this fall.