“A Place at the Table” Community Screening



Thank you to everyone that made it out for the screening. It was a good crowd and great panel discussion after the film. Many thanks to all involved in pulling off a successful event! If you were unable to make the screening, and have access to Netflix, “A Place at the Table” can be viewed online at: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/A_Place_at_the_Table/70229262?locale=en-US

“A Place at the Table” follows three families struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two children; Rosie, a fifth-grader who often depends on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a second-grader who suffers from asthma, obesity and related health issues, which are exacerbated by the poor quality of the food her hard-working mother can provide.

50 million people in the United States – including one in five children – suffer from hunger and do not get enough to eat on a regular basis to be healthy and active. “A Place at the Table” addresses this issue head on by showing us how hunger and obesity pose serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation and how it could be solved once and for all if the American public decides – as we have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in all of our best interests.

Families in Knox and surrounding counties are not immune to hunger. We too, see many of our neighbors in need. According to the Food Research Action Council’s 2012 Gallup Healthways survey, Tennessee ranks sixth worst in the nation for food hardship, and the Knoxville Metropolitan Area ranks 26th worst out of 100 large metropolitan areas in the United States. Please join us on Saturday, September 21st at 4pm for the screening of “A Place at the Table” at UT’s University Center, a panel discussion will follow and groups working on hunger, food insecurity and other food issues in our region will be there to provide information on how you can get involved locally to help address these concerns in our community.

For more information on the movie please visit: http://www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table

Partnering organizations for the “A Place at the Table” screening include:
City of Knoxville
Coalition on America’s Poor Health & Poverty
El Puente Inc
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Great Schools Partnership
Knox County Commission
Knox County Health Department
Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization
Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission
Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council
Messiah Lutheran Church
Northside Christian Church
Nourish Knoxville
Peace Lutheran Church
Plan East Tennessee
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Tennessee Health Care Campaign
University of Tennessee

An event flyer is available for download, please share with your colleagues, friends and family!