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Trailer : A Place at the Table (2013)

One nation underfed. Really? Many of us don't think of the U.S. as the land of the underfed. In this era of the expanding waistlines, we hear far more concern about obesity than we do about hunger. But the two are more closely connected that many of us realize.

 

A new documentary, A Place at the Table, peels back the curtain on the problem of food insecurity, weaving the stories of low-income Americans who struggle to put healthy food on the table, despite the fact that they have jobs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about about 50 million Americans fall into this category of "food insecure" — meaning they don't always have the resources to buy the food they need. This includes nearly 17 million children in the U.S.

 

The film includes the voices of hunger and nutrition experts, as well as advocates who criticize federal farm subsidies of crops such as wheat and corn. These crops supply the bulk of our nation's processed foods, which tend to be calorie dense, and nutrient poor. Food policy expert Marion Nestle points out there are no subsidies for fruits and vegetables — one reason, perhaps, that they're so much more expensive. Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved, weighs in, too.

 

But as producer Lori Silverbush (married to chef Tom Colicchio, who appears in the film) pointed out during the after-screening discussion, subsidies are just one part of a complex story. The bottom line, according to hunger advocate Billy Shore of Share Our Strength: "Childhood hunger in this nation is a solvable problem." Shore says we have enough food and good nutrition programs.


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We will watch this video in class as a part of our study of hunger in Howard County.

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An end to hunger could be a Buffett away - USA TODAY

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Speak up about hunger - News & Observer

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food banks ask for healthier donations - azcentral

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Childhood Poverty Impacts Adult Brain Function: Growing Up Poor - Science World Report

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vernon sheppard's comment, October 23, 2013 12:15 PM
I never knew that this could effect a childs childhood and the their parenthood for the rest of their life.
Thaddeus Lepus's comment, October 23, 2013 12:19 PM
i found it surprising to find out that poverty as a child could lead to this. I'm not surprised by these statistics though. Stress can really effect a person for their entire life. I think that more people should be informed about this. This could really help children and their futures.
Aryan Shal's comment, October 23, 2013 12:20 PM
This is probably the most troubling of all the articles that I have read because these effects are essentialy screwing poor children up before their life can even truly get started.
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The Other Face of Hunger: A Closer Look at the Impact Illness Has on the ... - Huffington Post

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More often than not, when people think about food insecurity they assume that it is a result of an individual's financial situation.
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Kianna Vincent's comment, October 23, 2013 12:03 PM
this is really sad because you wouldnt know if someone had a food insecurity just by looking at them. it could be one of your friends or someone you know. but you wouldnt even be able to tell unless you asked.
kacia's comment, October 23, 2013 12:04 PM
its unfortunate that 17.6 million people lack the foo they need, but its good that there are organizations to help.
Jason Salgado's comment, October 23, 2013 12:11 PM
"17.6 million American households lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members" That's a crazy amount of people
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The South Bronx, Plagued by Obesity, Tops a Hunger Survey - NYTimes.com

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Ralesha Reid's comment, October 23, 2013 12:00 PM
I personally feel that this is a sad situation but you cant help people that doesn't want to be helped . I feel like the government should put in things that can help people loose weight and be more healthy .
kacia's comment, October 23, 2013 12:08 PM
it's crazy how, people more in poverty are more obese than those living well off, but its understandable becuase unhealthier food generally costs less than healthy food.
Esperanza Alleyne's comment, October 23, 2013 12:12 PM
i wonder how people in poverty are eating more than people that are not. if anything, in new york, people do a lot of walking and climbing stair. this article is baffling.
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Stories Of Hope Amid America's 'Unwinding' - WBUR

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According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of deal among Americans — a deal in which everyone had a place.
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Some recession victims feel lucky to be working harder - The Herald-Mail

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Hunger doesn't take a summer break - Reporter Newspapers

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Behind the scenes of 'How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes' - Daily Northwestern

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“How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 199 people you may or may not know)” lets the audience choose its own adventure.
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Sadie McClelland's comment, October 23, 2013 12:09 PM
This show sounds really cool and I would actually really love to be involved! This is an awesome way to educate more people on poverty
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Hunger strikes college students - Daily Titan - The Daily Titan

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For the Love of Learning: The problem is poverty - Joe Bower

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"The question isn't whether public education can be improved -- rather, it's how can it be improved. But before we implement a solution, we need to be clear about the real problems that are plaguing public education and, more generally, society.

The problem with Public Education is not low test scores. Poverty is the single largest problem that plagues most education systems."


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Asik Farieth's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:25 AM

This is my insight using the thinking routines.

I see that poverty is actually one of the main reason the childrens' education. I think a possible solution to this would be to use the system that the Finnish government uses(as stated in the blog) to remove poverty from affecting the education. I wonder what measures that the government in countries like the US are taking in order for the equal opportunities for the people for academic achievements. I am indeed proud to say that the government of my country does not have poverty as an excuse for poor education.

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Millions of Americans live in extreme poverty. Here's how they get by. - Washington Post (blog)

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Rising child poverty pushes American dream out of reach for many - Fox News

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Aryan Shal's comment, October 23, 2013 11:46 AM
It is very disappointing how this is disproportionately affecting minorities.
Suki S's comment, October 23, 2013 11:53 AM
it is surprising that one in 7 adults is "disconnected"
kacia's comment, October 23, 2013 12:01 PM
it's not right that higher income families have so much of an advantage in education, money shouldnt be the source of a child not doing well in school.
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Symposium works to dispel hunger myths - Staunton News Leader

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Peter Dudley's comment, October 23, 2013 11:51 AM
This is sad
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Hunger in the U.S.: A Problem as American as Apple Pie

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Could You Survive on $2 a Day?

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Nearly 1.4 million American households live on that much per person. Gabriel Thompson reports from one of the nation's poorest areas. (Could You Survive on $2 a Day?
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Josh Greene's comment, October 23, 2013 12:02 PM
i know i cant survive on 2 dollars a day if i had 10 maybe i could
xhwang's comment, October 23, 2013 12:08 PM
There is no way a person could survive with $2 a day. Hunger is becoming of the biggest issue in America, in which the statistics have clearly stated. currency Inflation, increase in job lost rate, and high rent cost are crushing families living in poverty. We must take actions to fix this situation.
lairamthang's comment, October 23, 2013 12:19 PM
I think i could survive $2 in a day and other people might be able too because most people spend more then $2 in a day.
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Houstonians help fight hunger at 9th annual Empty Bowls - Your Houston News

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Kianna Vincent's comment, October 23, 2013 12:04 PM
i think this is really creative and it benefit the buyers and the homeless.
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US suburban poverty growing, but trend mixed in Miami-Dade, Broward - MiamiHerald.com

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Most say a family of four needs more than double poverty level

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The federal poverty level for a U.S. family of four is just under $24,000, but most say a family of four needs $58,000 on average to "get by," a survey says. (@Gallup survey indicates that a family of 4 needs $58k/yr to "get by".
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Rell Lamar's comment, October 23, 2013 11:59 AM
Most families with kids need more money to survive with 2 children then with 1 or none
Ashtin Breitenbucher's comment, October 23, 2013 12:00 PM
People need more!! Not just money but, food and other necessity's. It's amazing the amount of money a family needs to make in order to be counted as below the poverty line. $24,000 that is a ridiculous amount of money considering the fact that a(n) average family of four says they need about $58,000 to get by.
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Eating As Though the Environment Mattered

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Teachers, staff of Norman Public Schools work to combat hunger - Norman Transcript

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NORMAN — For the vast majority of Norman's chronically hungry children, all that stands between them and the food they need is the awareness of those around them.
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A blueprint to end poverty - MinnPost.com

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Kianna Vincent's comment, October 23, 2013 12:06 PM
i think this is really meaningful, and a very important step towards healing poverty. this will get awareness up, and influence people to help.