A Place at the Table, documentary film directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. Jeff Bridges (founder of End Hunger Network in 1983 - been working for past 30 years -also been spokesperson for the campaign called Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry) and Raj Patel British-American journalist. The documentary was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
The documentary is critically brilliant analysis on hunger faced by 50 million population of the United States living under working or substandard life - those who mostly rely on food stamps. Hunger rose to record high 49% under Bush Jr. administration from 33% under Clinton administration. Withdrawal of proper and apparent funding has led unavailability of facility at schools where children receive federally funded foods (mostly at cheaper rates) during breakfast and lunch; the deviation of funds goes to military expenditure, 2% tax cuts for rich and other such government liabilities. Documentary also speaks about the form of diseases these children become vulnerable to, due to hunger.
Beautifully well-made, riveting, as well as truthfully shivering. These are visible contexts of poverty-struck 50 million struggling nation in richest country in the world (full of foods scattered across the land of opportunity). While, many films in the past have hammered hard on obesity and junk-food craze but documentary like 'A Place at the Table' is shame for those to postulate about people in the United States who go to bed with belly empty.
1. The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded, i provides free meals for people 18 and younger in cities all across America. Texting program has been put in place to help connect even more kids to meals.
2. No Kid Hungry's Cooking Matters program ensures kids are getting healthy meals at home by empowering low-income families with the skills to shop smarter, use nutrition information and cook delicious, affordable meals.