Before putting food on the table, you need to gather people around it. For 36 years, MAZON has been engaging in conversations with a diverse array of policymakers, partners, and other stakeholders who are united in a shared commitment to end hunger.
On June 5, 2019, MAZON hosted our inaugural Hunger Bites: Small Plates, Big Change event to celebrate our successes in the fight to end hunger and engage our community in our shared commitment to help the most vulnerable among us. On a beautiful summer evening, over 200 MAZON supporters gathered at Playa Studios in Culver City, where they were treated to deliciously crafted tastes from some of California’s most talented award-winning chefs, including CHEFS 4CHANGE’s Leonardo Marino and R.L. King, Hugo Bolanos of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Anne Conness of Jaffa, Ivan Marquez of Broken Spanish, Vivian Ku of Joy and Pine & Crane, and many more.
Guests were provided a sneak peek of MAZON’s newly released This Is Hunger digital video experience, an adaptation of the immersive exhibit that traveled the country in a big-rig truck and is now permanently housed in Encino, California. The impact of this powerfully emotional depiction of hunger in America was felt around the room. Our special guest emcee Joshua Malina, star of The West Wing and Scandal, said it best when he told the Jewish Journal, “It was fun and we all ate and had a good time, and then the lights go down and you see a movie and it’s staggering seeing the personal face of hunger and looking at the numbers. It’s astounding that we live in a country where 40 million plus are SNAP recipients.”
The proceeds raised from this event allow MAZON to elevate and advance policy solutions for the millions of Americans facing hunger. We look forward to announcing plans for our next Hunger Bites: Small Plates, Big Change event when we can all celebrate again in person. In the meantime, please contact Naama Haviv, Director of Community Engagement, with any questions.