Imagine a country where one in six people go hungry. One in six people don’t know where there next meal will come from. Would it surprise you that this is happening right here in the United States?
Magnolia Pictures’ new documentary, A Place At The Table, explores how it’s possible that so many people go without food in one of the world’s most affluent countries. The film explores the concept of food insecurity. Food insecurity refers to people who have no idea where their next meal will come from. Many of these people aren’t homeless. Most families experiencing food insecurity have one or both parents who work full time jobs, yet proper nutrition suffers as a result of not being able to afford healthy food such as vegetables. 84% of food subsidies go to commodity products like corn, wheat, and soy. Only 1% of federal subsidies go towards the production of vegetables.
This documentary was an eye opener to me. It is along the same lines as Food, Inc, in that it really gets you thinking about our current food system and what changes should be made.
A Place At The Table is currently playing at the Tower Theater. Click the link below for a preview.