Hunger in the USA Portrayed in A Place at the Table Movie

Hunger is a crucial problem in the USA. The documentary movie, A Place at the Table portrays the reality of living with food insecurity. There are 50 million people facing food insecurity in our country. Just think about that number and let it sink in. In one of the richest countries of the world, adults and children suffer needlessly.

Doesn’t the government help feed those in need? Not as they did in before. In the 1980’s, when an economic crisis hit this country. Programs were then slashed as more people were need of assistance with the basic issue – hunger.

“The reason people are going hungry is not because of shortage of food. It is because of poverty” states Raj Patel, author.  And that is the gut wrenching truth. A Place at the Table points this out by following the story of three people. People that may be your neighbors, your co-workers, your fellow church goers. No one wears a sign declaring that they are hungry.

A Place at the Table Hunger in The USA

The blame for hunger is the USA is on our government, because of the paltry amount of money that is spent on hunger. For example, the average food stamp benefit is under $5 a day. Could you live on that?

In order to make that money last, food stamps are spent on the cheapest food – processed food.  Fresh fruit and vegetable cost too much money. Empty calories can cause or worsen health problems and increase obesity in both adults and children. Being hungry hurts. It hurts individuals and hurts us as a nation.

Visit A Place at the Table website to learn how you can help end hunger in the USA. Find the schedule of play dates. Contact Congress and make voting decisions based on stances taken on hunger.

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  1. ellen

    It doesnt surprise me food ‘hungry’ people buy are typically over processed and not particularly healthy. Food is generally bought a month at a time at the beginning of the month. It is tough to have fresh vegetables/fruit sit for that long.
    I volunteer at the Salvation Army food giveaway site and thank goodness for them- they get fresh fruits andd vegetables going through, but the food is given out at noon- a time people working just cant make it :/

  2. So shocking that a rich country like the US could face hunger. Something is not right here and the world needs to know.
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  3. It is sad to see what food is being purchased with “food stamps”. They don’t have that program here anymore… instead we have cards that act like debit cards. Our own community used to have a farm where people could help pitch in (if they qualified for a food assistance program) and then take home the food harvested. Like a CSA. I would love to see more programs like that come back because it stresses the importance of real, local food and gives pride in the families growing it.
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  4. Financial assistance from the government is a pretty controversial topic so it would be interesting to see this perspective on it.
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