St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance (SMFBA), the world's first food bank, completed an 11 million dollar capital campaign in 2009. The building improvements allow for the distribution of more food into the community as well as establishing "Community Kitchen" (a teaching facility to help the unemployed find employment in the food industry) and expanding the "Kids Café" food program (an after school program for kids who are food insecure). My project involved visually telling the story of the Food Bank while simultaneously thanking the donors who made this project possible.
It was important that the donor wall be in a space that everyone who visited the food bank would be able to see. I worked with the architects and designers to make the decision of where to place the piece.
My main collaboration was with the Food Bank Staff to learn about what the Food Bank does within the community and for the community. I wanted to tell their story within the donor wall. I believe that donor art should be as much about the organization and its story as it is about thanking the donors. I always weave the donors names within the overall piece.
The piece references a table with a cornucopia overflowing at the center of the table. The cornucopia is part of the SMFBA logo. Every image within the piece is of an edible food including the flowers. Wheat is integral to the back story of the the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance because its founder always had a vase of wheat on his desk and this vase is part of the wall of history about the founder at the SMFBA offices. This project was completed in August 2010.
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