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According to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (Cafb), food insecurity is "the condition of not having regular access to enough nutritious food for a healthy life." Cafb serves 21 Central Texas counties, from cities like Austin, Round Rock and Waco with dense pockets of poverty to small, rural communities with limited access to services. Of the nearly 300,000 people Cafb serves each year, 41 percent are children, and more than a third of the agency's older clients go for extended periods without food. Cafb reports "1 in 5 families served by Cafb experience the physical pain of hunger."

Across the U.S. the numbers become even more staggering, with 50 million people uncertain about where their next meal will come from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush bring this critical socioeconomic issue to audiences in their hard-hitting and engrossing documentary, A Place at the Table, focusing on three at-risk individuals from rural Mississippi to Philadelphia. »

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