A Place at the Table is a film that looks at food insecurity in the United States.
The film features three people struggling with where their next meal will come from.
- Barbie a single Mom who grew up in poverty trying to claim a better life for her children.
- Rosie a fifth grader who depends on neighbors and friends for food and has difficultly concentrating in school.
- Tremonica a second-grader whose health issues are furthered by her lack of healthy food.
Watch the trailer here.
The companion book features thoughts from the those leading the fight to end hunger.
How can we help?
Educate others about SNAP.
Behind every SNAP card is a family and children. Their faces should motivate us to compassion. Their stories are so much more than we assume.
SNAP (food stamps) facts and stories. If you have ever wondered about food assistance through the government please read these facts.
From Feeding America: Snap Facts, Myths, and Realities.
From the Hunger Coalition: 6 SNAP (Food Stamp) Myths
Common SNAP myths downloadable print out via USDA
From Bread for the World: It’s Time to Bust Myths about SNAP
When families have limited means for purchasing food they buy the cheapest options. This is often unhealthy food full of empty calories. A way to fight hunger in the United States is to help make healthy food available.
- Make your local food pantry a priority.
- Teach your kids about food insecurity. Sesame Street Download Eating Well on a Budget.
- Many farmers’s market are accepting SNAP payments, see if your local market makes this available.
- Support community gardens.
[Barbie Izquierdo and kids in A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.]