Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four 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 compelling stories people struggling with food insecurity. 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.
The film will be followed by a discussion and resources related to hunger and nutrition in Skagit County. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Skagit Volunteer Center to connect volunteers to local food banks and nutrition initiatives, and the Skagit Food Distribution Center’s farm-to-food bank initiatives.
In 2014, Community Action of Skagit County is hosting a series of community education events (sponsored by Amerigroup RealSolutions) to mark the 35th anniversary of stabilizing lives and helping families exit poverty with local solutions and resources, and the 50th anniversary of Community Action nationally. Community Action’s promise is to create a spirit of hope by “helping people help themselves, and each other.” For more information, see www.CommunityActionSkagit.org.
The stories include: 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 second-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.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger's Mariana Chilton, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and Oscar (R)-winning actor Jeff Bridges. Ultimately, Finding North 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.
Directed By: Kristi Jacobson , Lori Silverbush
What the Critics are saying:
“A Place at the Table is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in America culture.” – Rotten Tomaotes
"As important and eye-opening a documentary as you’ll see this year, A Place at the Table makes it impossible to think of hunger as merely another symptom of a shredded social safety net." - New York Daily News, Joe Neumaier
A Place at the Table is presented by Community Action of Skagit County
Tickets are $10 general, $5 students and available in advance by clicking here or at the door.
Graham Kerr will be presenting the Flash of Silver Award at 6:30pm.
Sharon Thornberry, a contributor to the book version of A Place at the Table and Oregon Food Bank’s community food systems manager will be here to introduce the film and take questions after.
A special $20 ticket allows you to enjoy dinner at the Friendship House Cafe, located just down the street from the Lincoln at 108 Snoqualmie Street, before the show! A Limited Number of tickets are available to dine at 4:30pm, 5:00pm and 5:30pm. Please choose times when you select your tickets.