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Virtual Reality exhibit in Denver giving residents first-hand reality of what it's like to go hungry

Posted at 8:31 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 00:40:22-04

DENVER -- A Colorado group is letting you walk in the shoes of someone who can't afford to eat.

The exhibit, titled Hunger Through My Lens, opened Tuesday at the McNichols Civic Center Building. But it's no passive art experience — the main attraction uses virtual reality to get a better idea of what it's like to go hungry.

M'lissa Baker with Hunger Free Colorado spent the last year of her life creating it.

"You’re in a grocery store with the shopper on the screen who is having an internal dialogue," Baker says. "The hope is that people will come down and then experience virtual reality and then walk away with a broader mind of what hunger really is."

Inside the exhibit you'll also be able to find a reaction board ⁠— notes people took down with their reaction to the virtual reality shopping experience. Some called it "stressful," others "heartbreaking." For Jojo Baer it really hit home.

"This is 1,000% me. I am this lady when I’m in the store. So I think it’s cool you guys actually made this because maybe other people are feeling that way too," she said.

The exhibit is open for a limited time. From now until October 25, Baker hopes this free experience opens eyes to the hunger problem in our state. When she watched Baer's reaction, she knew they were on the right path.

"The first thing that came to mind was, 'Wow!' Followed by, "This is exactly why we are doing this project.'"