"A Place at the Table," and Hunger in America

  • By The Chew Crew
50 million people in the U.S. - including 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.
 
In the new documentary "A Place at the Table" 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; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader.
 
Silverbush stopped by The Chew to discuss the inspiration for the film and the takeaway message she hopes to impart on viewers.
 
While mentoring a little girl in local public school, Silverbush got first hand knowledge the wide reach of food insecurity.
 
She told The Chew “I got a call one day from the principal of that school, who said that she was foraging in the trash for food. And she wasn’t able to focus, she wasn’t able to participate in school, and she had behavioral problems — things we would normally blame her for. And it wasn’t a public school, so they didn’t have the free meal that is, for many of these kids, their only meal of the day. It was devastating.”
 
Ultimately, "A Place at the Table" shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that the hunger problem could be solved if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in our best interest.

Silvrbush encourages you to “write, e-mail, or call your congressman!  …  I had a congressman say to me, ‘If I hear from six people, I do something about it.’”

To find out more about the film, visit http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/
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