Local photographer participating in national movement raises money for food banks

The Front Steps Project is a national movement by photographers which captures portraits of families being together while stuck at home during stay-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local photographer Kathleen Martin has photographed 700 people since she started on March 25.

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Her proceeds go to FeedNC, which is a local food bank.

"We're so overwhelmed with what it became,” said Martin, with LKN Images.

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center donated $10,000 to the project Tuesday. The Front Steps Project has raised $46,000.

“It's a more substantial donation than we've had from any other business or organization throughout this process. They've done that by taking pics all day every day,” said Laura Ingram, executive director of FeedNC.

Ingram said the need for food has grown 164% in only two months.

She said they can feed a thousand people a week thanks to monetary help from the project.