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A PLACE AT THE TABLE Screening by MM High School Intern Ashia

by April 2, 2024 0

Food insecurity is a prevalent issue in our world. The USDA officially defines food insecurity as when people don’t have enough to eat and don’t know where their next meal will come from. This global challenge arises from a complex interplay of factors, including economic disparities, political instability, climate change, and inadequate food distribution systems. While the issue affects people across the socioeconomic spectrum, marginalized populations, such as low-income families and communities in developing countries, are particularly susceptible. Even within the United States which is considered a wealthy economy, 44 million people face food insecurity annually.  Food insecure households are vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition, resorting to unhealthy food sources that lead to serious consequences affecting overall wellbeing. Stemming from financial insecurity, addressing food insecurity is a complex process involving comprehensive efforts in the field of agriculture, social safety, and cooperation. 

On Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, the Meaningful Movies High School Group along with Meaningful Movies Tacoma/Gig Harbor, Meaningful Movies First Church of Seattle and Mt. Baker Meaningful Movies presented an exclusive, free online screening of the thought-provoking documentary, A Place at the Table by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush.

A Place at the Table is a documentary film that explores the complex issue of hunger in America. The film delves into the lives of individuals and families struggling with food insecurity, shedding light on the harsh reality that millions face despite living in one of the wealthiest nations. Through personal stories, expert interviews, and compelling statistics, the documentary examines the root causes of hunger, including poverty, inadequate access to nutritious food, and systemic issues within the food industry and government policies. 

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious implications for our nation in all spheres, whether that’s economic, social, or cultural. The film is a call to action to the American public, telling them that food insecurity can be solved if collectively the public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is their priority. 

After the film screening, the group arranged for guest speaker Sandi Pruitt, Ph.D., MPH. Sandi Pruitt, PhD MPH is an epidemiologist and associate professor in the Peter O’Donnell School of Public Health at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to answer some Q&As. Dr. Pruitt discussed the importance of looking at evaluating each decision, discussing the differences between hunger and food insecurity and the relationship between chronic disease and food insecurity.


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