Story by Tricia Howley
Colorado State University social work student Mallory Andrews wants you to focus — literally — on food insecurity, and show what it really looks like to be hungry in your local community.
Andrews is overseeing Lights, Camera, Take Action!, a film festival sponsored by FoCo Cafe, a nonprofit restaurant in Fort Collins, where she is completing an internship as part of her field education coursework in the advanced standing M.S.W. program before graduating in May.
The festival’s call for short films and photography highlighting food insecurity and poverty in Fort Collins is currently open for submissions with a deadline of April 23. Selected works will be showcased at the festival event on May 5.
‘In our backyard’
“People know that food insecurity is a problem, but assume it’s happening somewhere else … it’s in our backyard,” Andrews said. “Thirty-three percent of kids that go to school in Larimer County are on free or reduced lunch, so when there’s no school, what are they going to do? I feel like a lot of people just don’t really see the full scope of the issue, and that is no fault of their own.”
Three students from CSU’s President’s Leadership Program have been working on the film festival for FoCo Cafe, where Andrews has been assisting the director for the last seven months. “As part of my internship I wanted a leadership role because I’m hoping to get into administration and management,” Andrews said.
Social work appeals to her, she says, because she’s always been a people person and liked the variety in the field. “The MSW program here is a generalist perspective, so that’s another reason I chose to come back to CSU for the master’s program, because of the range of opportunities it would provide.”