Free Soup Dinner & Film Screening: A Place at the Table

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Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, and why are more than 23.5 million kids and teenagers overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)?  What triggers and connects these trends?  What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need?

In an effort to engage Barre and the wider central Vermont community in a conversation about these questions and in honor of October as Co-op Month, Granite City Grocery is inviting interested residents to take their place in the fight to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods. Granite City Grocery is a cooperative owned by over 300 community members committed to starting a retail grocery store that brings fresh food at reasonable prices to downtown Barre.

Granite City Grocery together with Central Vermont Community Action Council, Vermont Foodbank, and Hunger Free Vermont will host a free soup/bread dinner and free community screening of A Place at the Table in Barre at the Old Labor Hall at 46 Granite Street on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.  The critically acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access. 

The film will be screened at the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, in Barre, VT.  A free soup/bread dinner starts at 5:30 pm followed by the free screening at 6:15 pm.  Organizers are asking that participants bring a packaged food or monetary donation to the event to benefit Central Vermont Community Action Council’s Food Shelf.  The film screening will be immediately followed by a discussion featuring Faye Conte of Hunger Free Vermont.  Over 150 people are expected to attend.

“This screening is a great opportunity to bring the community together to discuss what’s behind this food crisis and what can be done to address it,” said Emily Kaminsky, Chairwoman of the Granite City Grocery Board of Directors.  “Following the film screening, we will offer a menu of action steps that participants can take to get more involved in solving the problem of hunger right here in our own backyard.”

If you are interested in attending the screening, consider saving your ‘seat at the table’ by calling 802/279-7518, email info@granitecitygrocery.coop or RSVP online at www.granitecitygrocery.coop/events by Sunday, October 20th.  RSVPs are not required, but will allow organizers to ensure there is enough soup and bread for everyone who attends.

About the Film

In Participant Media’s A Place at the Table, a Magnolia Pictures release, directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people 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.


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