We recognized years ago that people weren't coming to Food Bank pantries for emergency groceries on a short-term basis. It was clear that we had become a primary source of food for low-income people.
San Francisco (PRWEB) February 15, 2013
The San Francisco and Marin Food Banks are partnering with the producers of a powerful new documentary called "A Place at the Table" to promote conversations about the reality of hunger in America.
The film opens in theaters nationwide and on-demand channels on March 1. The film will be presented at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, a Landmark Theater in San Francisco.
“We're always trying to explain how hunger can exist in our community — and this film vividly shows how it happens,” says Paul Ash, executive director of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. “It’s sure to spark animated discussions across the country and here in the Bay Area, so we encourage everyone to see the film and get involved in the fight against hunger.”
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures ("Food, Inc."), the film features Jeff Bridges and others describing the problem of hunger and proposing solutions. Participant Media, the organization that built action campaigns around the films "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Waiting for 'Superman'" is promoting the film.
About "A Place At The Table"
The film explores hunger through the stories of three people struggling with food insecurity:
- Barbie, a single mother in Philadelphia who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her kids;
- Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who has trouble concentrating in school because of her hunger; and
- Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Experts in public policy and nutrition explore the causes of hunger, the relationships between hunger and obesity, and potential solutions to ending hunger in America once and for all.
A Different Focus: San Francisco and Marin Food Banks
"A Place at the Table" portrays the compassionate action of community volunteers and the important role of food banks in providing immediate assistance to people in need. It also shows that some food banks, such as the one that serves Rosie's family, struggle to provide healthy foods — and some volunteers seem apologetic for delivering foods of low nutritional value. Nutritionists interviewed in the film point out that a better approach is needed.
At the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, nutrition is already a core focus for the organization.
“We recognized years ago that people weren't coming to Food Bank pantries for emergency groceries on a short-term basis,” Ash said. “It was clear that we had become a primary source of food for low-income people.
“That’s why we made nutrition a priority and focused our efforts on providing fresh produce, whole grains and beans and quality proteins. That's also why we provide nutrition education programs that help people learn how to choose and prepare healthy foods.”
Of the 45 million pounds of food the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks will distribute this year, nearly 60 percent is fresh fruits and vegetables that comes farm-fresh from large growers in the Central Valley.
How you can help
To help end hunger in your community, consider organizing a food drive, volunteering at your local food bank, or making an online donation to your local food bank.
Learn more about the film
View the "A Place at the Table" trailer online: http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable
About the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks
Hunger is a serious problem in our community – with one in four children and adults at risk of hunger in San Francisco and Marin. Every day, the Food Bank sources, collects, sorts, inspects and repackages thousands of pounds of food, then distributes it to soup kitchens, neighborhood pantries, school programs and seniors in need.
During an average week, the Food Bank serves more than 144,000 people throughout San Francisco and Marin counties. The Food Bank will distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 100,000 meals every day. Nearly 60 percent of what is distributed is fresh fruits and vegetables.