A data sculpture about food security in Massachusetts during the height of the pandemic.

The pandemic has affected so many aspects of our lives, amplifying disparities and challenges that already existed. For far too many households simply having access to enough food to eat is a daily challenge. During the early months of the COVID pandemic, an average of 1,659 new households applied for SNAP benefits every DAY in Massachusetts. This data sculpture was inspired by that number — each of the 1,659 households is represented by one knife, spoon, or fork. The pandemic is slowing here, but these families and others facing food insecurity still struggle to put food on their tables. On this site you can learn about where you can see the sculpture, discover local resources if you are in need, and learn ways you can help.

See the Sculpture

The table is being shown at various sites across New England this fall and summer. Email emily@connectionlab.org if you're interested in hosting it.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

Past Exhibitions:

large table made of welded cultlery placed on lawn in front of building

Hunger in Massachusetts

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Get Involved

Visit the Greater Boston Food Bank to see multiple ways for both institutions and individuals to get involved in the fight against food insecurity.

More coming soon...

In the News


  • Emily Bhargava (Principal, Connection Lab) - conceptualization, design, fabrication, outreach
  • Rahul Bhargava (Assistant Professor, Northeastern University) - conceptualization, design, research, outreach, website
  • Sofia Perez (Gradute Student, Northeastern University) - research, media production
  • Becca Berkey, Ph. D. (Education Innovation, Northeastern University) - facilitation, student direction
  • Kelly Marchese, Sarina Wasserman, Jason McMorris, Mary Moskowitz, Minzhong Wang (Students, Northeastern University) - research support