This evening I decided to take a break from my usual routine and watched a documentary entitled, “A Place at the Table.” According to their website, “…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.”
The story focuses on three people struggling with food insecurity: a single mother raising two children, a 5th grader, and a 2nd grader. It is heartbreaking to watch at times. In the backstory however, there are also several people who are working to make a difference in the lives of these children.
I was surprised to learn that, as a country, we were able to virtually wipe out hunger in the United States during the 70s. Sadly the number of families who are Food Insecure has risen drastically over the years and now sits above the 49 million mark. (To read more about Food Insecurity take a look at today’s article by Erik Wasson on The Hill: http://bit.ly/18utzvW)
Yes, the 1970s solution had very challenging consequences and it didn’t last the decade. Even with these challenges, it stands as an example what we can accomplish when we put our hearts, minds, and energy together toward a common goal.
“September is No Kid Hungry Month and thousands of restaurants nationwide are showing their support by offering special promotions that benefit the campaign.” If you are interested in learning more about this campaign, or restaurants supporting this event, check out this site: http://www.nokidhungry.org.
The film is available at the Santa Clara County, San Jose Public, and Los Gatos Libraries. That’s where I picked up this copy. If you’d like to learn more about the film visit this site: http://www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table