Next week, during a national conference called “Closing the Hunger Gap,” the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Pima County Food Alliance will be joining forces to host a free screening of A Place at the Table, a documentary that focuses on hunger in America.
The directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush created a film that shares a compelling story about three Americans who are struggling just to put food on the table. The film will reveal their captivating journey and shows how this issue could be solved if the American public decides that it is in the best interest of the country to bring hunger to an end.
The film takes an eye-opening look at hunger and obesity in America, and tells the story of how we had these problems mostly solved before things took a turn for the worse in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Arizona suffers from the highest childhood rate of food insecurity in the country (29 percent) and national childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years, such that in 2010 more than 33 percent of children and adolescents were considered overweight or obese.
In the latest issue of Edible Baja Arizona, the vice president of the CFB’s Community Food Resource Center, Robert Ojeda, described the hunger conference as “an opportunity for us to talk about framing a message that allows us to move forward as a national cohort; framing a national strategy to really have critical conversations about the root causes of hunger.”
Edible Baja Arizona is a sponsor of the event. Other individuals and organizations that have made this screening possible include: Pima County Food Alliance (PCFA), Pima Community College, Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, Janet Taylor, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Iskashitaa Refuge Network, Plant Based Nation, Local Food Concepts, ReZoNation Farm, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
The screening will take place on September 18th at the University Marriott beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting until 8:30 p.m. with a discussion panel to follow immediately after. The documentary is completely free to the public; the doors will open at 6:30 so make sure you arrive early to secure your spot!
Kirsten Almquist is an intern with Edible Baja Arizona.