The Atlanta Community Food Bank is hosting a special screening of A Place at the Table on June 5th at 7pm at AMC Mansell Crossing in Alpharetta with a Q&A after the film.
There have been countless documentaries about obesity in the past decade: Fast Food Nation, Forks over Knives, and the infamous Super Size Me. But how many are also talking about the other issue that goes hand in hand with obesity? A Place at the Table aims to shed light on the topic of hunger in America. The film goes beyond statistics to showcase the everyday struggles of those who are food insecure.
50 million food insecure Americans is a big number, but what does that look like? And who does that look like? While we associate hunger with an underfed frame, the documentary corrects our assumptions to show how cheap, unhealthy food is disproportionately impacting the health of the poorest citizens. A Place at the Table crosses the country to recount narratives of working mothers, rural students, and even a police officer who must rely on SNAP benefits, food pantries, and charities to get by. Sadly, such resources fall short too frequently. These stories act as a reminder that hunger affects every one of us. Along the way, experts in nutrition, policy, and health explain why and how it is happening all too often. Hunger poses serious implications for American society, culture, and economics.
While you may leave the theater surprised by what you’ve seen, you won’t leave without hope. A Place at the Table inspires viewers to realize that we are the catalysts for change. We can band together to make these anecdotes of hunger history instead of reality. Where to start? Look around the audience to find a room full of newly passionate advocates.
Education and Outreach Intern