Morgan Corbett's snack art project is adorable—and it benefits your local community.

Alex Loh
April 07, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an upheaval of most people's normal routines. People may find themselves working from home and nearly everyone is practicing social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus. Many people have lost their jobs and schools have also been forced to close, impacting families across the country.

In the U.S., 22 million children rely on their school to receive a proper breakfast or lunch and more than 11 million children live in "food insecure" homes, which means there is not enough food for everyone to lead a healthy life. As a result, food banks are being relied on more than ever.

Artist Morgan Corbett saw the need to raise awareness and funds for food banks, so she started an Instagram account to do her part. We talked with Corbett to learn more about the account and how people can help support.

The Idea

Corbett got the idea for her "snack art" project as COVID-19 began to progress in the U.S. and she realized the effect school closures would have on kids. She says, "My goal is to help raise awareness and donations for food banks, especially right now when people need support and resources the most. I thought I could help do that by painting peoples' favorite snacks."

How It Works

If you donate $30 or more to your local food bank, you can send Corbett a picture of the receipt through Instagram. (You can locate your local food bank here.) She will then paint your favorite snack or pantry food item and mail the work to you. Corbett says snack requests have ranged from salsa to cookies to beer, and she says she's even gotten a request for Kellogg's Rice Krispies mascots Snap, Crackle and Pop!

The Impact

Corbett started the account in March 2020 and has already seen $5,000 worth of donations to food banks from people all across the country. She says, "The response has been absolutely incredible and inspiring."

Corbett says, "My hope is that the artwork helps raise awareness and donations for food banks, and beyond COVID, my hope is that it also serves as a constant reminder for how important it is to always support your local community and give back to people who need it the most."

Want to commission your own snack art? Head to Corbett's Instagram page to get some inspiration.