Pop-Up Gallery '1 in 8' at Downtown's Kroger Garage Brings Awareness to Food Insecurity

A reference to how many Americans struggle with hunger, 1 in 8 will benefit Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen & Social Center

click to enlarge One of the pieces to be displayed in the gallery. Art by Kristian Geer. - Photo: Provided by 1 in 8 Gallery
Photo: Provided by 1 in 8 Gallery
One of the pieces to be displayed in the gallery. Art by Kristian Geer.

Just a couple of weeks ahead of Kroger unveiling their new store at Court and Walnut streets — the first downtown location in decades — the grocery giant will open a one-night pop-up art gallery entitled "1 in 8," a reference to how many Americans struggle with hunger (despite the fact that 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten). 

According to stats from Feeding America, those numbers are even higher in Ohio, where one in seven people and one in five children deal with hunger.

The event, unfolding tonight (Sept. 13) from 5:30-10 p.m., will be hosted on the ninth floor of the Kroger Garage at 100 Central Parkway and feature over 30 local artists who have created work related to the gallery's overarching theme. To activate this experience, Kroger partnered with Over-the-Rhine based marketing agency AGAR. 

"We are finding that artists are submitting pieces that are very hopeful, positive and some pieces are downright delicious," AGAR project manager Laura Gossett told me via email. "Others are clearly challenging the viewer to consider the realities of food insecurity and hunger. I think all of the works together will start a meaningful conversation both at the gallery experience and after."

Not only does the event coincide with the grocer's one-year anniversary of their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative — a goal to end hunger in the communities Kroger serves and eliminate waste within their company by 2025 — it also lands during Hunger Awareness Month. 

All the work featured during the evening will be auctioned off with 25 percent of proceeds going toward Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen & Social Center and 75 percent directly to the artist. (The artists set the price for their respective pieces.) 

For more info visit 1in8gallery.com



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