A Place at the Table
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49 million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hunger in America is not about a shortage of food but an abundance of poverty. This is where the spiral spins downward."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
""A Place at the Table" presents a shameful truth that should leave viewers dismayed and angry: This nation has more than enough food for all its people, yet millions of them are hungry."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Tale of two Americas documentary highlights the plight of the 50 million poor folks who go to sleep hungry every night."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"presents us with the counter-intuitive idea that while Americans may be among the world's most obese people ... there is a surprisingly large segment of our population - nearly 50 million people - who are "food insecure""
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Enlightening documentary that, hopefully, propels people to take action."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"A shocking indictment of how people are starving in the land of plenty ..."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"One thing is clear from "A Place at the Table": You cannot answer the question "Why are people hungry?," without also asking "Why are people poor?""
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The saddest story belongs to a single mother who got a full time job and is now off welfare, but can't afford to feed her children on her salary. This is one of those movies that will make you mad, or at least it should."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A must-see dispatch from the front lines of this struggle packed with sobering statistics and infuriating facts - among them, that one in four American children is chronically hungry."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush chip away at the topic until their message becomes unassailable."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"You don't have to be a fan of info-graphics in social-justice docs to be troubled by one showing that the price of processed food has decreased in almost exact proportion to the rise in cost of fresh fruits and vegetables."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It specifically addresses our country's hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children-in short, the American dream. See it and weep."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"The pic might lack style to keep it exciting, but its public service message hits on a vital issue that should concern all Americans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A smart, poignantly argued documentary [which] casts obesity and hunger as neighbors, and makes a persuasive case for important social investments."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"It doesn't offer much in terms of optimism, but provides an eye-opening glimpse into a frequently overlooked social issue."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
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