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Join RI Food Bank at the documentary screening, “A Place at the Table” on May 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will host the state’s first public screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary on hunger, “A Place at the Table,” on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway in Providence.

Nationally acclaimed documentary focuses on hunger in America

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will host the state’s first public screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary on hunger, “A Place at the Table,” on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway in Providence. The event is free and open to the public; a donation of $5 is requested.

Barbie Izquierdo and kids in A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Barbie Izquierdo and kids in A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Fifty million people in U.S — one in four children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Movie 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.

“A Place at the Table” demonstrates the serious economic, social and cultural implications of hunger. The movie challenges Americans to consider the societal value of making healthy food available and affordable.

“Right here in Rhode Island, more than 66,000 people rely on the Food Bank’s network of food pantries every month to keep food on the table,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “We are hosting this movie to promote an open discussion about the issue of hunger, which is much closer than many of us imagine.”

Light refreshments will be served before the screening at 6 pm. The screening will conclude with a Q&A moderated by Andrew Schiff.

For more information or to rsvp to the screening, visit the Food Bank’s Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/RICFB/events or contact Cindy Elder celder@ rifoodbank.org or 401-230-1674. Seating is limited to 200.

About The Rhode Island Community Food Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a non-profit organization located in Providence, RI. The Food Bank solicits, stores and distributes food products donated by supermarkets, wholesalers, food processors, local farmers and community food drives. The food is then distributed to the Food Bank’s statewide network of 178 member agency programs at 238 sites. In the past fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 9.75 million pounds of food. For more information about the Food Bank, please visit www.rifoodbank.org.

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Written by Anisa Raoof