Get inspired to end hunger at The Health Museum’s 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World

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Put a face to hunger in the eye-opening photo exhibit 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, on display at The Health Museum from Saturday, September 9, 2017, through Monday, January 1, 2018.

Experience hunger through photographer, philanthropist, and farmer Howard G. Buffett’s exhibition. His work documents his travels to more than 137 countries, capturing the powerful forces that fuel hunger and poverty.

Curated by the Newseum based in DC, the photographs in 40 Chances illustrate the causes and effects of hunger on five continents. They reflect Buffett’s belief that hunger is intertwined with poverty, fear, war and conflict, and lack of opportunity for women.

The exhibit also includes an original Newseum film featuring Buffett and his work, plus an interactive kiosk highlighting organizations that are working to combat hunger. Together, they stand as an empowering reminder of the commonalities we share as human beings.

Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO of The Health Museum believes this exhibit to be, “especially poignant at this time considering the tremendous recovery efforts underway across our local region after Hurricane Harvey.”

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Hurricane Harvey Food Drive at The Health Museum 

To coincide with 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, The Health Museum will be collecting food donations in support of the Hurricane Harvey relief effort for 40 Days from Saturday, September 9 to Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

For every four cans of nonperishable food items donated, The Health Museum will provide one free admission ticket to all its exhibits, including 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.

All of the food collected at The Health Museum will be donated directly to the Houston Food Bank.

Houston Food Bank High Need Items

  • Canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops – vegetables and fruit
  • Protein in pouches or pull-top cans – tuna, beef stew, chili, and canned chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Snacks – granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.
  • Toiletries
  • Paper goods
  • Diapers
  • Cleaning supplies – mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, and bug spray

Hands On Learning & Activities

Based on 40 Chances, the Museum will also be offering interactive, educational programming. Families can expect opportunities in that include origami gardening, water purification, and maintaining a healthy diet with survival food from around the world.

These hands-on activities are designed to help museum visitors develop practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Also Featuring the Photography of Heidi Levine 

The exhibit also highlights images by Heidi Levine, winner of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s first Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, dedicated to the Associated Press photographer who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014 after a career covering global issues.

Levine, a freelance photojournalist, has spent her career covering conflict in the Middle East. Working in conjunction with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the International Women’s Media Foundation supports the work of journalists reporting on hunger, poverty, and violence around the globe.

About the Health Museum

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, The Health Museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Visitors to the Museum can walk through a larger-than-life human body, take a mini science class, watch an organ dissection and check out both permanent and temporary exhibits that cover topics like health, medical science, and the human body.

The Health Museum is located in the heart of the city’s Museum District.

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World Exhibit at The Health Museum

  • Dates:  Saturday, September 9, 2017, through Monday, January 1, 2018
  • Times: Mondays 9am to 5pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am to 5pm; Thursdays 9am to 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm; Sundays noon to 5pm.
  • Location: The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
  • Parking: Surface lot parking is available at the museum for $5; $3 for members.
  • Admission: Tickets are $10; $8 for ages 3 to 12 and seniors 65 and older; free for members and children 2 and under; and free from 2pm to 7pm on Thursdays for families. Active and retired personnel receive half-off admission for up to four people. General admission also provides access to the museum’s multiple exhibits. Click here for tickets or more information.
  • Free Ticket Offer: To coincide with 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, The Health Museum will be collecting food donations in support of the Hurricane Harvey relief effort for 40 Days from Saturday, September 9 to Wednesday, October 18, 2017. For every 4 cans of non-perishable food items donated, The Health Museum will provide one free admission ticket to all its exhibits, including 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. All of the food collected at The Health Museum will be donated directly to the Houston Food Bank.
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