Photos for Food

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but if Photographers Against Hunger have their way, donated signed pictures of Bruce Springsteen will feed a thousand mouths.

Sadly, the underprivileged often are lost in the frenzied struggle to survive in these troubling economic times. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which provides food for more than 500,000 residents, has encountered serious difficulty furnishing its beneficiaries with the essentials they depend on to endure.

There is simultaneously an increased demand for food as families grapple with job losses and their attendant financial distresses, and a considerable dip in regular donations as those who normally provide generously tighten their belts and rein in discretionary spending. This disparity creates a widening gap between supply and demand which needs to be filled.

Photographers Against Hunger, in conjunction with Backstreets magazine, are committed to doing all they can to boost donations for the food bank. The group has contributed a total of 14 signed photographs of Bruce Springsteen—iconic images all, including some album cover shots—which will be raffled off in a very unique charitable effort. The pictures span three decades of Bruce’s legendary career, and would be invaluable to any die hard fan.

Photographers Against Hunger asks that those willing to participate offer a $25 donation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. 100% of each donation will go to the food bank. Once 14,000 donations have been tallied, 14 lucky fans will be chosen at random to receive one of the prints the photographers have made available.

If you’re a fan of the Boss (as I hear some in New Jersey are), and are feeling generous, now is the time contribute.

“The current economic crisis has placed people from all walks of life in difficult financial situations. Families are turning to emergency food providers in record numbers,” said Kathleen DiChiara, founder of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “We hope that Bruce Springsteen’s words will once again be a symbol of hope and that these photos will inspire people to give back to their communities in whatever way they can.”

To view the pictures, to learn more about the project or to make a donation, please visit www.backstreets.com/hunger. The group began accepting donations yesterday.

Note: The fourteen photographers are—Mary Alfieri, Danny Clinch, Anton Corbijn, Lynn Goldsmith, David Michael Kennedy, Annie Leibovitz, Eric Meola, Neal Preston, Barbara Pyle, David Rose, Pam Springsteen, Frank Stefanko, Albert Watson and Timothy White.

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