This week's film is the 2012 documentary, A Place at the Table.
The movie follows the personal stories of a handful of Americans who, like millions of others in this country, experience food insecurity on a regular basis. They have periods of time where they don't know where their next meal is coming from, if it comes at all. They go hungry in a country where this more than enough food. Often, the food they do get, is not adequate nutrition for them to thrive, especially the children who need it most.
A Place at the Table explores the stories of hungry families in heartbreaking detail, as well as the political climate that created this current situation. Part of the problem is inadequate government programs to help supplement low-income families get enough food, as well as the core problem of income equality and stagnant wages. The documentary is helped along by the likes of actor Jeff Bridges, a longtime hunger advocate as well as experts in several different careers who are working to end food insecurity. The issue is complex and simple at the same time and it has numerous consequences, such as childhood obesity, a lack of childhood engagement with education, and an overburdening of charities to treat the symptoms of the problem.
I've reviewed other documentaries that connect well to this societal issue, like Food, Inc, and Inequality for All. There are others on Netflix as well if you want to explore this issue, but it is something where a lot of lip-service gets given out, but little is actually done to solve the problem. The problem is only increasing over time, so something needs to be done on a federal level to fight hunger.
Check out the film's website for more info, and do what you can to help end food insecurity in your communities (donate food, advocate for food assistance programs, vote for minimum wage increases, and support your local farmers' markets).
You can check out A Place at the Table streaming right now on Netflix.