'A Place at the Table' raises food issues
Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry while more than 23 million children and teenagers are overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry too)? What connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what might ensure that people have access to the healthy food they need?
A free screening of the acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Zion United Church of Christ, 51 W. Central Ave., Delaware. A panel discussion on local issues related to the documentary will follow.
The screening and discussion are sponsored by Zion UCC, Ohio Wesleyan University and Andrews House, in association with Participant Media and Active Voice. Jo Ingles of Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau will moderate the discussion.
The event is part of Participant Media's "Take Your Place" social action campaign, which uses the documentary to spark community conversations and spur people to address systemic food issues. The campaign also has received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
OWU assistant professor of Health and Human Kinetics Christopher Fink helped to bring the film to Delaware.
Fink, who is part of a new Course Connections program that allows OWU students to study food from political, social, economic, scientific and cultural viewpoints, said in a news release that a reviewer called the documentary "a film that should make you furious."
Several Delaware agencies will take part in the panel discussion, including the Delaware General Health District, People In Need Inc., the Hunger Alliance of Delaware County and Bread for the World. These partner organizations also will have staff, materials and information available for those who wish to get involved.
For more information about the documentary, a Magnolia Pictures release, visit takepart. com/ place-at-the-table. For more about the Take Your Place social action campaign, visit action center.takepart.com/apatt. For more about OWU's Course Connections, visit choose.owu. edu/theExperience/#course Connections.