World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Hosts Holiday Open Houses

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Hosts Holiday Open Houses

Public is invited to explore international photography exhibit, enjoy holiday music and tour the magnificent World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

The World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, invites the public to visit the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in downtown Des Moines during two special Christmas holiday season open houses. They will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and it's free.

Guests are invited to:

*Explore how others live around the world through the "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World" international photography exhibit by Howard G. Buffett.

*Tour the historic downtown Des Moines building and learn the stories behind its inspiring art and architecture.

40 CHANCES: The World Food Prize Foundation in downtown Des Moines is hosting a photography exhibit titled "40 Chances, Finding Hope In A Hungry World." The exhibit features a collection of 120 photos by Howard G. Buffett on his global travels over the past decade or so. These insightful, beautiful photos are in categories such as agriculture, water, social conflict, landscapes and portraits of poverty and hunger.

*Learn about how the World Food Prize with its annual symposium and various other programs throughout the year addresses food and agriculture issues.

*Celebrate the holidays with festive music performed by the Grace Church Ensemble, which will begin at 10 a.m. each day. 

International photography exhibit by Howard G. Buffett open to public viewing at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

The World Food Prize in mid-November officially opened the "40 Chances Photography Exhibit" by Howard G. Buffett. The exhibit is open to the public every Saturday and Tuesday during regular visiting hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Hosts Holiday Open Houses

The exhibit features over 120 vibrant photographs ranging from beautiful, inspiring portraits and landscapes to real-life images from conflict zones in the world today. The photos provide incredible insights into how people live around our globe and the issues they face.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

The photographs are part of Howard G. Buffett's 40 Chances initiative, highlighting how "each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life…. 40 productive years in our careers to do the best job we can and create the change we want to see."

"Embracing the 40 Chances mindset means that we must get outside of our comfort zones, that we have to break down barriers set up by others, and that we cannot always accept the status quo when it's simply not working," Buffett writes about the exhibit. The photos on display are under six main categories: Agriculture, Landscape, Water, Social Conflict, Portraits and "Howard G. Buffett on the Ground."

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Hosts Holiday Open Houses

Approaching life with a 40 Chances mindset gives you reason to hope and take action, and it forces fresh approaches that our world desperately needs, says Howard Buffett

"I hope this new exhibit inspires people to learn more about the people who live on our planet, and also to contribute their own energies to improving the world," says Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Hosts Holiday Open Houses

Howard Buffett spoke at the annual Iowa Hunger Summit which is sponsored by the World Food Prize each October, during the week of the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines. Here's what Buffett had to say about the elderly military veteran, a man named Everett, whose photo is included in the 40 chances exhibit. Buffett said: "Hunger has become personal to me. When I first met Everett on the porch of his house in West Virginia in 2001, he was thin and malnourished. You saw him in the video towards the end. He had a flag probably displayed…In fact, actually it was the flag that first got my attention. He had his flag proudly displayed on his porch, and he was standing out getting the mail, thin as a rail. I asked Everett when we stopped, I said, "Are you a veteran?"

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Hosts Holiday Open Houses

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"This was his answer, and it took all the energy he had to salute. So we had to help Everett into the house. We sat down. He wanted us to come in, he wanted to show us his uniform from World War II. And you know what he had in his kitchen? One box of Cheerios, and that was it. Everett died later that year. I had planned a trip to go back to see him. He died before I got to see him, and I guarantee you that Everett died hungry." Photo exhibit is open to the public every Saturday and Tuesday during regular visiting hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the World Food Price Hall of Laureates.

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is located at 100 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit the World Food Prize website.

About the World Food Prize: The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The World Food Prize hosts an annual international symposium and several youth programs to inspire the next generation to work in fields of food, agriculture, and global food security.

About the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates: The Hall of Laureates, formerly the Des Moines Public Library, underwent a $30 million renovation and reopened in 2011 as the World Food Prize's global headquarters. It was designed as a special tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and all the programs he created, in addition to honoring the World Food Prize laureates. It serves as a world-class public museum and educational facility celebrating Iowa's great humanitarian heritage as well as our collective achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger. On the National Register of Historic Places, this century-old building has achieved LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible level of energy efficiency.

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