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A Place at the Table

Funded by: Participant Media, Bread for the World, Terrence Meehan, Chicken and Egg, individual donations and outreach support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation, Marcus Foundation, Markle, Tisch Illumination Fund, Rosenthal Family, and the Fledgling Fund

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. 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’s campaign has raised awareness of U.S. hunger issues, and was influential in the passage of a West Virginia bill to offer free breakfast and lunch to every elementary school student—the first state to pass such a bill. A screening was also held at the Capitol, and members of Congress held screenings in their own districts. The film has been widely covered in national and local media, and the team has raised funds for a 5-year follow-up campaign.

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This film was a selection in the 2014 Media Impact Festival. Find out more about the film’s impact in its full case study.

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