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Rated PG · 84 minutes · 2013
You might want to skip out on the junk food at the concession stand before you take in this bleak documentary. Filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush focus on the hunger epidemic currently taking its toll on our country, using first-person testimonials from ordinary people, doctors, statisticians, chefs, and Jeff Bridges (founder of the End Hunger Network). 50 million Americans are having a hard time getting food, nutritious food, and terms like “food insecurity” and “food deserts” are sadly too commonplace. There’s a lot of startling facts presented here, and I’m glad they took the time to explain that hunger and obesity are not on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but are in fact close neighbors. When cookies, chips and soda are easier to find and cheaper than fruits and vegetables, we have to ask ourselves why, and thankfully this doc presents us with answers.
Director: Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush
Producer: Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington, Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush, Diane Weyermann, Jeff Skoll, Tom Colicchio, Christina Lurie and Jeffrey Lurie

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East Bay Express A Place at the Table The real hunger games. by Kelly Vance 02/27/2013

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