'A Place at the Table' on Moyers and Company This Weekend
Leylanie, 7, eats a bowl of cereal. Leylanie is the daughter of Barbie Izquierdo, a Philadelphia native whose firsthand experiences with hunger and poverty have made her an anti-hunger activist and nationwide speaker on the topic. Barbie has worked with Witness to Hunger in Philadelphia and appears in the documentary A Place at the Table.(Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
When A Place at the Table co-director Kristi Jacobson began work on the documentary about hunger in America, many people she told about the project doubted that she'd have enough material for a full-length film.
"Very often in the beginning, when we set out to make this film, people would look at us and say, 'Hunger in America? There is no hunger in America, you should be doing a film about hunger in other countries—that's where we have a real problem." Jacobson recalled, speaking during Bread for the World's National Gathering on June 10.
Of course, as Bread for the World advocates know, hunger does exist in America, and at startling rates: 50 million Americans are food insecure, one-third of them children. A Place at the Table has not only helped to bring the pervasiveness of U.S. hunger to light and underscore the importance of federal nutrition assistance programs, it has put a face to the statistics.
This Sunday, Jacobson and Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, will appear on Bill Moyers’ show, Moyers and Company, to discuss the film, shatter stereotypes surrounding federal food assistance programs and the people who utilize them, and to talk about how the problem of hunger can be solved.No Place at the Table.”
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