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'A Place at the Table' Gets a Mention on the House Floor


In February, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) started his series of End Hunger Now speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. So far, he has covered everything from SNAP to the link between obesity and hunger. Today, in his fifth floor speech, McGovern talked about the documentary A Place at the Table

"The truth is that hunger is solvable—we have the means, the infrastructure and the food to end hunger," he said. "We just don’t have the political will to do so. This point is delivered in a clear, concise and emotional way in a documentary that is in theaters now. Called A Place at the Table, this film, at its core, may be a simple story of hunger in America, [but] it’s really an emotional tale about how people are struggling with hunger in America. About piecing just enough together to make ends meet—day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month."

McGovern talked at length about the film's social action campaign, of which Bread for the World is a partner, and said it marks "the first time in recent memory that there is a dedicated effort to end hunger tied directly to a mainstream film that is nationally garnering critical acclaim."

"[I]’m pleased and impressed that a strong, coordinated social action plan accompanies the film. This comprehensive plan can be found online at www.takepart.com/table, and I encourage everyone to take a look at this website.

"Once there, people will be able to find important resources, including ways to access food assistance if they need help; an online gallery of artists, politicians, teachers, writers, and business and community leaders who once needed help through SNAP—the primary federal anti-hunger safety program; and a list of partners who are helping combat hunger through this film," McGovern continued. "Most importantly, it outlines ways that people can help make hunger a national priority now and it includes specific actions that people can take in their communities."

Watch McGovern's full speech below. Check to see if A Place at the Table is showing at a theater in your area, or watch the film on iTunes or OnDemand. You can urge your members of Congress to make ending hunger a priority through the film's social action campaign or Bread for the World's 2013 Offering of Letters campaign. 


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