A Place at the Table
January 30, 2013
Fifty million people in the U.S.—including one in five children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people 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. The feature-length film features interviews with Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, author Raj Patel, Tom Colicchio and original music by indie-folk duo The Civil Wars and Grammy- and Oscar-winning producer/composer T Bone Burnett.
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.
A Place at the Table premieres in theaters on March 1st, 2013. The trailer is available online.
In conjunction with the film, Take Part has launched an interactive social action campaign to convene a consortium of leading nonprofit organizations, experts and companies working to relieve the immediate urgency of hunger, as well as those working to solve the tougher, complex issues that contribute to food insecurity in America.