Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, and why are more than 23.5 million kids and teenagers overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)? What triggers and connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need? In an effort to engage Boulder and Colorado in a conversation about these questions, AH and FUMC along with several local organizations engaged in fighting hunger, invite local residents to take their place in the fight to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
AH and FUMC along with Hunger Free Colorado, No Kid Hungry Colorado, EFAA, Community Food Share, Boulder Food Rescue, Harvest of Hope Pantry, Bridge House and Cooking Matters and in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host a community screening of A Place at the Table in Boulder on August 18th. The screening is part of Participant Media’s “Take Your Place” Social Action Campaign, which uses the acclaimed documentary to inspire community conversations about hunger and obesity and get people involved in efforts to address this systemic problem. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, communities across the country will be hosting such events throughout the summer and fall.
The critically acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access. The film will be screened at First United Methodist Church of Boulder at 1421 Spruce Street starting at 6:00 pm. The screening will be immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring local experts working to alleviate hunger including Lee Wheeler-Berliner, Deputy Director at Hunger Free Colorado, Karla Maraccini, Director of Community Partnerships with the Office of Governor John W Hickenlooper, Frank Alexander, Director of Boulder County Department of Housing & Human Services, Audrey DeBroux, EFAA’s Basic Needs Casework Manager and Hana Dansky, Executive Director of Boulder Food Rescue.
“There are 39,000 people in Boulder County who are food insecure and 17% of the kids in our community lack access to enough food for a healthy life,” says Jim Rianoshek, Executive Director of Attention Homes, the only youth shelter in Boulder County. “We see youth struggling each day to find the resources to pay for a nutritious meal. As a health-conscious community, we can do better by those in need and sharing this important film will educate and hopefully inspire action.
FUMC Senior Pastor Pat Bruns adds that “The statistics of hunger and poverty are not simply numbers but rather they are people, living, breathing, struggling, suffering people. They are people we see every day in Boulder, in Longmont, in Louisville, in Lafayette, in Niwot, in Superior, in Broomfield, in Nederland … in all our neighborhoods. As we begin to look at the issue of hunger in our communities may we also begin to look more closely at the faces of those that struggle with hunger every day. We intend to work together with our community partners to make sure all of our neighbors have enough to eat.”
If you are interested in attending the screening, tickets will be available at the door and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/421230 or contact us at 303.442.3770. Tickets are $5.00 and donations of healthy foods will be collected at the event.
ABOUT THE FILM
In Participant Media’s A Place at the Table, a Magnolia Pictures release, directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
ABOUT ATTENTION HOMES
Since 1966 Attention Homes has provided opportunities for youth in crisis to change their lives. We offer safe shelter, meals, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future. Attention Homes operates the only shelter for youth in Boulder County. Learn more at www.attentionhomes.org.
ABOUT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF BOULDER
First United Methodist Church of Boulder is a welcoming and affirming faith community that compassionately advocates for social justice and equality for all. We joyfully welcome all people of any race, gender, sexual orientation, and faith traditions. Visit us online at www.fumcboulder.org and at facebook.com/fumcboulder.