The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A Place at the Table

Forty-nine million people in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from. One in four American children is food insecure. This documentary, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, puts faces on those facts and also profiles citizens and activist groups who are working to end hunger in America.

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Barbie Izquierdo, a Philadelphia single mom, struggles to make ends meet for her two children.  She swore that she would never feed her kids canned spaghetti three times a day like she had growing up, but sometimes it is the best she can do.

These include “Top Chef’s” Tom Colicchio, who has lobbied in Washington for an increase in funds for child nutrition programs; David Beckmann, an ELCA pastor and head of Bread for the World, who probes the connections between faith and feeding the hungry; Bill Shore, founder and director of Share Our Strength, who discusses the idea that children lack access to food programs; and pastor Bob Wilson and teacher Leslie Nichols, who tell their stories of distributing food to those in need in a small Colorado town.

A companion book, A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It by Peter Pringle is also available from Public Affairs and Participant Media (Magnolia Pictures, PG).


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