Traveling exhibit in T.O. brings hunger home

Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church will host the last stop for “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in Thousand Oaks from Feb. 10 through 14.

The exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer that will be parked at Ascension church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive.

The free exhibit will bring Conejo Valley residents face to face with the realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements.

Up to 30 guests at a time can view the 45-minute event. Admission is through free timed-entry advance tickets.

The exhibit features portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist, and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day.

Through digital and hands-on activities, “This Is Hunger” is said to draw participants into the real-life circumstances of these individuals and deepen their awareness about Americans who struggle with hunger and why. Visitors are encouraged to educate others and advocate for change.

The exhibit was commissioned by Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger exhibit and is wrapping up a 16-month national tour that has stopped in more than 40 cities.

According to event organizers, 8.2 percent of the people and 17.4 percent of the children in Ventura County struggle with hunger.

The exhibit is recommended for ages 12 and up.

An ADA lift will be available for entry. Those using the lift should arrive five to 10 minutes early as the program begins promptly on time.

Transcripts will be available for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.

For free ticket reservation and tour times, go to eventbrite.com/e/this-is-hunger-ca-temple-adat-elohim. Some dates are already sold out.

Visit thisishunger.org for more information about the exhibit.