A Place At The Table – documentary on food insecurity in the USA

From today on, March 1, the documentary ‘A Place At The Table: one nation. underfed‘ on food insecrurity in the USA is launched:

50 million people in the U.S.-one in four children-don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides-as they have in the past-that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/#sthash.mcOOhFcB.dpuf

2 thoughts on “A Place At The Table – documentary on food insecurity in the USA

  1. Hi Dirk,

    Thanks for posting this. I think it’s good to see hunger, food insecurity, and a more expansive understanding of these rising as issues in the United States (if they remain rather marginal on the whole). FYI, this film, ‘A Place at the Table’, debuted last year at Sundance under the title ‘Finding North’ (and received mixed public reviews, split along just about the lines you’d guess).

    Jon Stewart, host of the satirical news program ‘The Daily Show’, recently interviewed Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, the filmmakers, and in his questioning he hit the nail on the head, with the great use of language possible only outside of academia, of what I think is among the key challenges for food security work in the United States: the fact that most Americans scorn the poor / food insecure / otherwise vulnerable not as vulnerable but rather as a ‘mooching class’ sitting at the ready for the new opportunities to abuse ‘the system’. (The link is here, if you’re interested: http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/tue-february-26-2013-lori-silverbush—kristi-jacobson )

    Thanks again for the post!


  2. Hi Leah, Thanks for the comment and the link to “The Daily Show’ where the film is discussed with the directors.

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