Reaching Out to Durham’s Hungry, Photography by Rhonda Klevansky
An estimated 1 in 5 Durham County households cannot put regular meals on the table. Food insecurity has no single face, color, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation. Food insecurity weakens our communities because it leads to poor health and lower education outcomes. It creates an additional obstacle to economic wellbeing. The burden of food security has fallen especially on Durham’s African-American and immigrant communities and has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These portraits show some of the inspiring people who have responded to this crisis by supplying free food to those in need. They are among the many ‘Durhamites’ who run food pantries, cook meals, and give away the vegetables, breads, and dairy products they produce.
Rhonda Klevansky, a native of South Africa, is a Durham-based photographer, writer, and filmmaker with a strong interest in using video and photography as tools for advocacy. She felt the need to bring attention to the realities of food insecurity in our county and to those who are working to address the problem.
Reaching Out to Durham’s Hungry is also on view at Bull McCabe’s, Durham Arts Council, Durham Central Park, and Museum of Durham History.