A Place at the Table Roundup

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APATTNowPlaying250On Tuesday, we had the honor of co-hosting a Twitter chat with some fine folks from Share Our Strength (@NoKidHungry) and A Place at the Table (@PlaceattheTable) -- a new documentary that explores the economic, social, moral, and nutritional impact of food insecurity in America. An amazing team of TML bloggers watched the film and participated in the chat. Here's a roundup of some of their thoughts about the film and hunger in America. Julie Marsh on JulieMarsh.net

"Marijuana in the ’20s. LSD in the ’60s. Cocaine in the ’80s. Is sugar the drug of the 21st century?"

In March, I read Dr. Robert Lustig’s recent book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. It’s a comprehensive discussion of the science behind obesity, and the relationship between obesity and what we eat (not simply how much we eat). Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist who shares patient anecdotes to illustrate his discussion points, but the vast majority of the material is hard science, presented in an accessible and compelling manner.

Over the weekend, I watched the documentary “A Place at the Table” by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. It tells the stories of two children — one in Colorado, one in Mississippi — and one mother in Philadelphia who struggle with hunger. Hunger activists Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio — an actor and a chef, respectively — appear in the film, along with an economist (Raj Patel), a sociologist (Janet Poppendieck), and a US Representative (McGovern, D-MA), among many others. “A Place at the Table” thoroughly covers the issue of hunger from political, economic, and social perspectives.

Connie Roberts on Brain Foggles

"Hunger in the USA Portrayed in A Place at the Table Movie"

Hunger is a crucial problem in the USA. The documentary movie, A Place at the Table portrays the reality of living with food insecurity of 50 million people. Just think about that number and let it sink in. In one of the richest countries of the world, adults and children suffer needlessly.

Doesn’t the government help feed those in need? Not as they did in before. In the 1980’s, when an economic crisis hit this country. Programs were then slashed as more people were need of assistance with the basic issue – hunger.

Alicia Bello on Daughter of the Dyaspora

"Hunger in America: Not Everyone has a Place at the Table"

When we hear the term “food insecurity,” we typically think of  some war-torn, resource poor nation in the developing world. Yet, according to the documentary A Place at the Table, over 50 million people living in the United States (which works out to one in four children) have no idea where their next meal is coming from.

You can watch A Place at the Table online via Amazon. For more information, visit A Place at the Table's website. Tweet your members of Congress and tell them hunger is an issue critical to your vote. Make a donation to Share Our Strength, an organization working to keep end childhood hunger in America.