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A Place at the Table (2012)

PG | | Documentary | 1 March 2013 (USA)
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A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
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Credited cast:
Adam Appelhanz Adam Appelhanz ... Himself
David Beckmann David Beckmann ... Himself
Joel Berg Joel Berg ... Himself
William Booker William Booker ... Himself
Jeff Bridges ... Himself
J. Larry Brown J. Larry Brown ... Himself
Odessa Cherry Odessa Cherry ... Herself
Mariana Chilton Mariana Chilton ... Herself
Tom Colicchio ... Himself
Ken Cook Ken Cook ... Himself
Ann Cooper Ann Cooper ... Herself
Ree Harris Ree Harris ... Herself
Barbie Izquierdo ... Herself
Joel Long Joel Long ... Himself
James McGovern James McGovern ... Himself
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A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

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One nation. Underfed.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language | See all certifications »
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1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Finding North See more »

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Collbran, Colorado, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$92,257, 3 March 2013

Gross USA:

$231,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$231,378
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1.78 : 1
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The filmmakers ate food from the grocery store Uptown Brown's while shooting on location at Jonestown, Mississippi. See more »

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Features CBS Reports: Hunger in America (1968) See more »

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Every American Should See This Important and Powerful Film
1 February 2012 | by joelsbergSee all my reviews

It's a national disgrace than nearly 50 million of our American neighbors live in homes that can't afford enough food. This compelling film explains why we have this problem, and, most importantly, what we can do to end it. Granted, I am biased because I fight hunger for a living, but I do think everyone in America should see this film.

The film powerfully documents the real lives of real people struggling against hunger. Each of them defy common stereotypes of hungry people.

Many Americans believe that we can end U.S. hunger one person at a time, one donated can of food at a time. They are well-meaning. But they are wrong, as this powerful film proves. When Ronald Reagan entered office in 1981, there were only a few hundred emergency feeding programs in America, most of which were traditional soup kitchens serving mostly the people who had been historically the most hungry—single men with substance abuse or mental illness problems. Yet, as a direct result of the economic policies and social service cuts set in motion by Reagan, the number of emergency feeding programs in America skyrocketed, and continued to do so even after he left office. There are now more than 40,000 such programs in America, and roughly two-thirds of them are food pantries, where parents and their children, the elderly, and working people obtain free groceries. Meanwhile, hunger has soared. The truth is that these agencies simply don't have anything close to the resources needed to meet the demand. The organization I manage, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, found that, in 2011, close to sixty percent of the approximately 1,100 soup kitchens and food pantries in the city were forced to ration food because they lacked resources, either reducing portion size, limiting hours of operation, or turning away hungry families. These agencies are so under-funded that nearly 50 of them were forced to close in New York City in just the last few years.

This vital film proves that the only way to truly end U.S. hunger is by advocating for fundamental change that include living wage jobs and a robust government safety net.


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