The Monadnock Food Co-op and Neighboring Food Co-op Association, in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host a viewing and discussion of the film "A Place at the Table" on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene.
The screening is part of Participant Media's "Take Your Place" Social Action Campaign, an initiative that uses this acclaimed documentary to seed community conversations about hunger, obesity and food policy, to inspire collective action to address these systemic problems. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a total of 25 communities across the country will host such events throughout the summer and fall.
Some of the questions this campaign addresses are: Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, while more than 23.5 million children and teenagers overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)? What triggers and connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what policy reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need? In an effort to engage the Monadnock Region in a conversation around these questions, the Monadnock Food Co-op invites local residents to "take their place" in local efforts to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
The September 24th event will focus on the efforts of food cooperatives and farmers markets to make healthy food more affordable to more people. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Bonnie Hudspeth of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association's Healthy Food Access Program, Vicky Senni of the Brattleboro Food Co-op's Good to Grow Program and Nancy McGartland of the Farmers' Market of Keene's Double Up Veggie Bucks Program. Another six Food Co-ops in New England are coordinating efforts to plan similar events this fall, and additional Monadnock Region organizations are collaborating on a second "Place at the Table" Event later this year."This screening is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community to discuss the roots of food inequality and what we can do to address this issue together," said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. "Following the film screening, we hope to build participation in our Healthy Food for All program, which offers discounts at the co-op to individuals with low incomes and gives them more access to healthy foods."
"We're excited to be working with enthusiastic and thoughtful partners around the country, who are planning a range of events with this film," said Shaady Salehi, Executive Director of Active Voice, the organization that is managing the community campaign in association with Participant Media. "We need to work collaboratively to make sure that everyone has access to healthy affordable food."
More event details are at http://monadnockfood.coop/event/take-your-place-event.
ABOUT THE FILM
In Participant Media's A Place at the Table, a Magnolia Pictures release, 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.
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. www.actioncenter.takepart.com/apatt
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