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Photographer Puts Face on Hunger in Arkansas

It takes countless volunteers to help the Arkansas Foodbank with its mission. Some of them use their talents in unique ways, including one woman who is helping put a face on hunger.
It takes countless volunteers to help the Arkansas Foodbank with its mission. Some of them use their talents in unique ways, including one woman who is helping put a face on hunger.

We see what hunger really looks like in Arkansas, captured through the lens of photographer Amy Carper.

"It opens our eyes to it being right here," said Carper.

It's a a different world than the high-dollar weddings she's known for shooting. Looking to shake things up and give back, she called Ray White at the Foodbank.

 "I was kind of surprised because a wedding photographer, that was the impression that I had, that she wanted to shoot hunger and poverty," White said.  "I thought I don't know if this is going to work or not." 

But her photographs are proving to be a powerful tool in raising awareness and donations. She says the secret to getting the right shots is her genuine love of people.

White said, "Amy has a wonderful way of interacting with people. She is picture perfect as a volunteer for us." 

Carper says she's the one blessed by meeting the children served by the Foodbank all around the state and hearing their stories.  

"They've experienced things I have never ever ever experienced," said Carper.  "they're 10 or they're nine." 

In her pictures, we see the promise of each child and a potential that is threatened by hunger.  
Carper's committed to wiping out that threat one photograph at a time.

"I want to take images of things that are going to blow the socks off the people who donate to the Arkansas Foodbank," she said. "And I want everyone to see it." 

Carper's photographs are featured on the Foodbank's website and on important fundraising literature. 

Click here to learn more about the Arkansas Foodbank and to donate.
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