Broadcast/Telecast/Webcast, Visual Art

ArtsCenter: Lifeline: Hunger Relief During the Pandemic

Thu., Jan. 21, 2021 ( Thu., Jan. 7, 2021 - Thu., Feb. 11, 2021 )

Performed by Tom Simon

Online, , , NC


Simon, a documentary filmmaker and television producer, was working as a volunteer photographer for local non-profits. When COVID-19 hit, he began documenting weekly food distribution efforts in the area. As he got to know the recipients and volunteers, he realized what he was seeing was the final step in a human chain, a lifeline, that stretches from farm and factory to the kitchen table of those who are hungry. He set out to photograph as many links as he could, from massive farms to tiny dairies, from a bustling food bank to a church kitchen.

The 35 photos paint a picture of a system stretched to its limit: massive unemployment and food insecurity, governments and NGO's struggling to keep up with historic demand, volunteers and workers trying to provide help while risking infection.


The work can be viewed online at The ArtsCenter’s website January 5th through February 15th.




  • Thursday, January 7, 2021
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021