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Three Simple Ways to Help End Hunger in America

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The new film 'A Place at the Table' exposes the stark reality of hunger in America. Here's how you can help.

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Kit B (276)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:53 am
Barbie Izquierdo and kids in A Place at the Table, a Magnolia Pictures release. (Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

In May 1968, CBS aired a 50-minute documentary titled Hunger in America, exposing for the first time the impoverished reality of ten million Americans to the mainstream public. The nation, understandably, was outraged, and Congress was forced to take action.

By 1974 food stamps had become a federal program, and by the end of the 1970s, the issue had been largely addressed. Millions of previously ignored Americans were able to get healthy meals through assistance programs. But Reagan-era budget cuts and a complacent public removed many of these protections.

Today 50 million Americans face food insecurity every year, and filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush hope to recapture that missing public outrage with their new film, "A Place at the Table".

**Take Action at VISIT SITE ***

Just like in 1968, there are things you can do to encourage Congress to take action and make a difference in your own community. On our A Place at the Table page, we give you the tools to contact your House and Senate representatives and demand increased funding for SNAP and other nutrition safety-net programs.

You can also utilize the first-of-its-kind National Action Center developed by Participant Media’s Social Action team and powered by Share Our Strength, and managed by expert partners, to find ways to get involved in your community. There are three really simple ways to find out how to help end hunger:

Call: 855-48TABLE


Text: FOOD to 77177

Users can then provide their zip code to receive a geo-targeted list of actions available in their own community, such as spreading the word about a school breakfast program or volunteering with a local food bank.

In addition to Share Our Strength, other organizations including Bread for the World, Feeding America, and Food Research and Action Center have signed on to help provide offline and online ways to end hunger.

Most importantly, see A Place at the Table in theaters or download it on iTunes, then share it with your friends and family. The more people know about this critical issue, the faster we can do something about it.

More on Americas Hidden Hunger Crisis:

• One in Four U.S. Kids Don’t Know Where Their Next Meal Is Coming From

• Tom Colicchio’s New Film Blows the Lid Off Hunger in America

• ‘Witnesses to Hunger’ Take You to Places Where Food Is a Luxury—in the USA
Editor’s Note: A Place at the Table was produced by Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company.

By: Jonathan Harris | Take Part |

Jonathan Harris is Participant Media’s Director of Digital Social Action. He previously managed online campaigns for the Participant films Waiting For “Superman,” The Help and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Who is Tom Colicchio --- is an American celebrity chef. He co-founded the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and formerly served as a co-owner and as the executive chef. He is also the founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants. Colicchio is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Medals for cooking accomplishments.

He has been the head judge on every season of the Bravo reality TV show Top Chef. Colicchio has been a featured chef on Great Chefs Television. Tom Colicchio has been a mainstay in the culinary world for decades. An acclaimed chef, author and arguably the most feared judge on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, his name has become synonymous with culinary excellence. But more important than his celebrity status, Colicchio has also been fighting to end hunger in America since the earliest years of his cooking career.

As the executive producer of the new film A Place at the Table, the chef, along with his wife, filmmaker Lori Silverbush, and her codirector, Kristi Jacobson, hope to bring to light the pervasive problem of hunger in this country, or what Colicchio calls our “national embarrassment.”

“In the film, Jeff Bridges said it quite well when he said, ‘If another country was doing this to us, we’d be at war’ ” Colicchio tells Take Part.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:43 am
"Food insecurity" is such a stupid phrase - one the rich and powerful decided would sound better than simply "starving", but they fool no one. Jeff Bridges called it right.

Janet D (10)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:49 am
I have a solution that I don't understand why no-one has done anything about. Surely others would have thought of it. We have a current world population of over 7 billion people. Let's imagine that 4 billion people get a paycheck or other income each month. If each check had just $1.00 manditorily deducted and placed into an account to feed the hungry around the world EACH MONTH... we would have collected 48 billion dollars in just one year. Simple, relatively painless for only $1.00 per month.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:53 pm
Noted. I saw Tom Colicchio interviewed on a couple shows the past couple weeks. What he says makes complete sense to me. We had this issue solved and then Reagan came in and ruined the whole system....just made me sick to learn this. Am already getting some mailings and signed up for others.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:53 pm
Every time I use my Target card which is more than I would like - % goes to some Indian children in South Dakota that I have been sending $ etc to for many years.

We are on food stamps but less than $20/month - however - food stamps are bread lines done electonically - that should tell you something!

Christeen A (371)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:03 pm
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Deborah W (6)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:31 pm
Unity -- caring -- sharing. Today's givers might just become tomorrow's takers. We can all contribute, in ways large or small, in the problem-solving needs of this one world we share. Not responsible to leave it to the next guy ... each one can do something.

Malgorzata Zmuda (200)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:33 pm
Najprościej byłoby ukrócić pazerność tych kilku procent bogaczy, co zarabiają więcej niż pozostali razem wzięci.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:40 pm
Once the Glass-Steagall act was repealed thanks to Slick Willy commodity traders found a way to make food a commodity. From that point on every time there's an increase in social assistance; a tax cut or an increase in minimum wage, the cost of food escalates. They're not content with their percentage; they want it all. In fact water is scheduled to become the next commodity if we are not careful. Can the air we breathe be far behind if water falls to them the way nutritious food has?

Winnie A (179)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:49 pm
I donate to our local food bank regularly.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:55 pm
I agree the cover-up term "food insecurity" is avery wrong choice and was shocked to also hear it used in German in our media now.
As for Janet's suggestion-WHO is supposed to administrate that pot? Most rich Western countries are already contributing to 3rd world needy countries, don't ever expect this to work the other way around!
Problem with financial aid has always been the malfunctioning distribution.
It is a shame and embarressment, not just for the USA but every wealthy country to not being able to feed their people but sure enough feed the military industry.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:47 pm
Thanks Kit

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:48 pm
Thank you

pam w (139)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:08 pm
"One in Four U.S. Kids Don’t Know Where Their Next Meal Is Coming From "

++++++++++++++ THAT IS STUNNING!

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:10 pm

Stunning maybe - factually accurate, yes.

marie C (163)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:05 pm
Dreadful for anyone to be hungry. In so many countries the help never reaches the needy.
Janet D your idea is great but who would be in control of the money human greed often overtakes
as we have seen happen so many times in African countries
I am shocked to hear those American statistics

JL A (281)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:03 pm
Thanks for posting Kit--it is one of the tragedies of our times and addressing the issue humanely should be the litmus test for morality of anyone elected or appointed to serve in the public sector.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:52 pm

Cheryl B (64)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:54 am
thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:07 am
Let's treasure and share what we've got

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:19 am
With so much food being wasted daily all over the world, it is unconsionable that we have starving people. We could certainlly resolve this if we didn't have the greedy 1% around anymore!God knows how they can live with themselves.

Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:14 am

Let's all get busy planting food so we really can feed those in hunger. Instead of shipping tons of food overseas, and we don't know how well that is disturbed, why not teach our students to go over there and learning the best possible uses of the land, share what we can with the world. That is service to this country and the world. We can use filtered waste water for crops.

Connie O (44)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:07 am
We plant extra in the garden and donate what we do not need to the local food shelf.

Ben O (154)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:45 am
When I first heard of "Hunger in America" I thought it was a bloody joke, but I know better now.
However; -It's un-freaking-believable, that's what it is!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:02 am
I don't know how I missed this before, but I saw it today. Thank you Kit! (Taking action, noted, posted, and tweeted)

S S (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:25 am
Thank you.

Donna G (42)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:18 pm
The last time I applied for food stamps for my family, we were denied because our monthly income was $40 too much. I go to the Food Bank twice a month and if I bring the boxes back, I get an extra canned food item. I used to have a plot at the community garden; but, my disabilites started affecting my ability to maintain my plot. I hardly ever get fresh produce, unless I get it at the Food Bank.

Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

Donna - here is some information for Bountiful Baskets in your area - Just Google Bountiful Baskets for details and information.

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Jaime Alves (52)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:30 pm
Noted, thanks.!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:37 pm
First, a million green stars to you Kit for this post. Noted, action taken, twittered and google shared. I have had to rely on food banks in the past and I currently rely on food stamps to eat. But I have gotten my room mates to donate and we just filled a bag yesterday for our local food bank. Going hungry is not something I would wish on anyone. Having to beg for food makes you feel hopeless.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:55 pm

Nancy C (806)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:40 pm
Thanx Kit. It's an issue that's on my mind often. I have a homeless friend that I give my "extra" bills to at the supermarket. He likes to shop there. I give online to Feed America when I can.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:42 pm
Thanks Theodore S for bringing up the Glass-Steagall that so few want to remember who signed onto having one of our key protections removed.

Excellent observation Val "food stamps are bread lines done electonically" and to listen to those in Washington it would be that we'd have fewer bread lines. Not because they will do something to help us not be in need of them, it is to have those who depend on Food Stamps have less or none at all. Guess they all thought the situation of pre- 1974 was a good thing to bring back. Always is, isn't it, especially when it doesn't involve them to have to concern themselves in that way.

Arielle S. You are right on the mark and the one who you quoted, Jeff Bridges. This is along the line of the smooth terms like "collatoral damage" and "non combatant" so slick, "food insecurity" doesn't have the bite to it as those who are going hungry or starving, or children being killed, or schools blown up with people inside. More propaganda and conditioning so that the masses won't grasp that people are suffering and dying. Can't have a public that might care and wake up.

Food-insecure: Referring to the situation when people need to live with hunger and fear starvation.

But simply to say, food insecurity, doesn't sound so awful if one doesn't look at the definition.

Please do the actions everyone that was listed. Every time we speak out we are saying we do not condone what is taking place.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:40 am

M B (62)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:52 pm
Advanced America, with all their weaponry, can't feed their own people. Why is so much food just wasted ?
Give it to the poor instead ! There's so much wealth, and yet people are unwillingly hungry. People need to be represented by (?) Unions, go Occupy; charity seems to be nice here and there, but it's not enough, and it's a "wrong" approach. They need to be represented by law of solidarity, that's how they should be supported.
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