A Place at the Table Screening + Panel Discussion

DELAWARE, Ohio – Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, and why are more than 23.5 million children and teen-agers overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)? What triggers and connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need?

To engage central Ohio in a conversation about these questions, the community is invited to take its place in the fight to end hunger and ensure that everyone has access to healthy, affordable food during a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “A Place at the Table,” directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Zion United Church of Christ, 51 W. Central Ave. (State Route 37), Delaware, and will be followed by a panel discussion on local issues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Zion UCC, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Andrews House in association with Participant Media and Active Voice. Jo Ingles of the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau will moderate the discussion.

The event is part of Participant Media’s “Take Your Place” social action campaign, which uses the documentary to inspire community conversations and get people involved in efforts to address systemic food issues. The campaign also has received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

OWU assistant professor of Health and Human Kinetics Christopher Fink, Ph.D., who helped to bring the film to Delaware, said he hopes it spurs people to action.

“One reviewer called it ‘a film that should make you furious,’ ” said Fink, who directed last year’s Sagan National Colloquium on food and who is part of a new “Course Connections” program that enables Ohio Wesleyan students to study food from political, social, economic, scientific, cultural and other viewpoints. “I view it as a call to action … and I think you will as well.

“In addition to the viewing of the film, we have partnered with the Delaware General Health District; People in Need, Inc.; the Hunger Alliance of Delaware County; Bread for the World; and others to host a panel discussion following the film. … The partner organizations will also have staff, materials, and information available in a tabling area, providing an avenue for attendees to get involved locally in this important issue.”

October 30, 2013 at 7pm - 9:30pm
Zion United Church of Christ
51 W Central Ave
Delaware, OH 43015
United States
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