A free screening of A Place at the Table will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim on Dec. 16 at 4:30 pm. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable, healthy food item for the local food pantry in Sister Bay.
Hunger. It isn’t just a problem for starving children in a distant third world country. It’s a very real issue for many people here in the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world. Fifty 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.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows 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 film is part of the monthly Movies That Matter series examining a wide range of issues. The UU Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.7559.