Stopping Hunger One Food Drive at a Time…

“… the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” -Norman Borlaug

The people living in the neighborhood surrounding N. Broad Street in Philadelphia are hungry, and the folks at the Philippian Baptist Church know that better than anyone.

Pastor Edward Perrine and members of his congregation hold a monthly food drive at the church, but with recent cutbacks to their supplies, they wonder if it’s going to be enough to keep food on the plates of their neighbors.

During the month of March, La Salle’s Explore Nutrition project teamed up with the church to supply food ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to canned goods to the neighborhood surrounding the church.

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A Place at the Table

This could be the generation to “live sicker and die younger” than its predecessors.

That is one of the many messages the investigative documentary, A Place at the Table, is sending its audience.

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From the creators of Food, Inc., A Place at the Table takes a human look at the real problem of hunger and poverty in the United States. The documentary follows families and individuals all over the country who constantly struggle to feed themselves and their children proper, nutritional food.

According to the film, 50 million Americans suffer from what is known as “food insecurity”.  In other words, these people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

But this isn’t the typical image of hunger that we’re used to seeing.

In the United States, hunger and obesity go hand-in-hand. A shortage of food isn’t he reason for hunger; it is instead because of poverty.

Since 1980, the prices of fruits and vegetables have gone up 40 percent. Conversely, processed food prices have gone down by 40 percent.

To further the problem, the prevalence of “food deserts” in urban areas makes healthy foods unavailable. For 23.5 million Americans, the chips, donuts, and sodas served at the local Mom-and-Pop Shops are the only food options.

Source: filmmakermagazine.com

Source: filmmakermagazine.com

So who will help with this alarming issue?

According to A Place at the Table, it won’t be the government.

With the lack of reimbursement for school lunches and the underfunding of programs to keep hunger at bay, the issue at hand is just getting worse.

The question of why hunger in this country exists has nothing to do with food shortage; we instead have to ask why poverty exists.

A Place at the Table asks the viewer, and the population in general, to wake up and see this issue for what it is. These people do exist. They are hungry. Food should be a right, not a privilege.