A Place at the Table


50 million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are 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. These gripping stories are interwoven with insights from experts, authors, activists and ordinary citizens, as well as celebrities including Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges (founder of the End Hunger Network). 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 that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. (Dir. by Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush, 2012, USA, 84 mins., Rated PG, Magnolia Pictures) Digital