A Place at the Table

6.81 h 24 min2013X-RayPG
The next chapter on America's food crisis from the people that brought you FOOD, INC: 1 in 4 kids don't know where their next meal is coming from. Hunger is a growing epidemic in the US, and we can fix it. Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio star.
Kristi JacobsonLori Silverbush
Jeff BridgesTom Colicchio
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Julie GoldmanRyan HarringtonKristi JacobsonLori Silverbush
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AnonymiceReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is packed with tons of great info and statistics and offers simple solutions
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This movie is packed with tons of great info and statistics and offers simple solutions, the biggest being that we very much need a policy change in America toward healthy, fed people with great food choices instead of agribusiness welfare of $20BIL/yr. I am on a limited income, but wasn't always, and wow, have I gotten a taste of the 'other side'! Everyone should feel this, even if only for a week or month. I am getting ready to shop for the month and am very stressed out over debating whether I can afford salad fixin's. That is just crazy. But good food costs. I do not qualify for food stamps, so my health & weight suffer. Not that the average $3/day that food stamps would add to my grocery budget would make a huge difference, BUT, it would give me a week's worth of salad once a month. Our president, who shall remain nameless, went on the warpath re food stamps yet again this week, in an important address, so we need to call/write those in power and let them know that we need to switch corp welfare to families. When did it ever become moral to blast people in need? All the poor people I know are working at least TWO jobs, if not three. And still must rely on assistance because our wages are often not a living wage, esp if you have kids. We need to raise minimum wage, which, along with a leg UP (and out of poverty) would make America the land of opportunity again. Again, excellent doc, all the way around. No one escapes blame and no one escapes praise. And a very smart doc. To the reviewer who complained about the little girl's family owning a horse...we don't know whether that is her horse or a neighbor's. And even if it is hers, maybe it provides some extra income for them in some way, you don't know. Who are you to judge? Best to never assume. How would you like it if people came to your house and judged everything you owned or were in debt for and did a mental budget for you, cutting out this or that? Just sayin'.
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Becka CummingsReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
No Oasis In Food Deserts
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Should absolutely be required viewing for every high school and college student in the country. Should be shown daily on TV, rotating thru channels. I live in a food desert, map included here. It is a 4 hour drive from Albuquerque to Roswell at 70-80 MPH, to give you an idea of what a huge area it is. Yet no grocery stores in that area seem to mean nothing to the county and state and town politicians --- the villages are concerned and supportive. At the moment, the only way to get fresh fruits and veggies is to order boxes from MoGro, a nonprofit set up tto share CSAs w/the poor and isolated in food deserts. We are working on getting people to grow and raise food, something that 50 years ago was as natural as breathing here. In the meantime, Dollar Stores and gas stations are providing food for a LOT more people than the country is aware of.
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JaeReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
While Not Comprehensive, Still Relevant Coverage
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When I was a little girl growing in a northeast city during the 1960s, my mother came home with a paper bag filled with government surplus food from a pantry that included canned chicken so salty that I mistook it for delicious. I anxiously watched as she mixed the shredded chicken into a pot with noodles and seasonings to make what was my favorite dish at that time. My mother, a single parent divorced from my father in her early-twenties, depended upon both government food subsidies and food stamps to feed my two brothers and me while she worked and pursued her college degree. She later entered the professional workforce, so we then no longer needed assistance. When I was a young, single mother, I, too, had depended upon food stamps and at times charitable donations from church organizations to provide food for myself and my child. Even with both my child's father and myself working, we didn't earn enough without our college degrees to pay expenses that included childcare costs, a necessity so that we could both go to work. I eventually made my way through college - and that made all the difference in my life as it did for my mother. And, like my mother, the buffer that temporary assistance had provided between poverty and the path to a college degree was a godsend. But, times have changed. It is, as I understand, even more difficult for young mothers, such as Barbie, to attend school while receiving government assistance. We want to encourage people not to have a life-long dependency on government assistance, to not become generationally dependent upon government assistance, but - as shown in Barbie’s story - the social welfare system and income to cost-of-living ratio have become Catch 22’s that make it challenging to work oneself away from reliance upon government assistance. In the meantime, families suffer. The children suffer. When children and teenagers cannot focus their attention properly in school due to issues related to hunger and poverty, our society also suffers: The costs to taxpayers is compounded via the subsidization of continued cycles of poverty and all the societal problems it engenders. Pleas for better funding of food programs and food stamps should not be swept under the rug. A Place at the Table illuminates the politics behind America’s food insecurities and what government can do to ameliorate this problem so that the average American family or individual can work towards self-sufficiency. (I would have liked more attention paid to the private sector and wage disparities.) End the Catch 22's by allowing transitional periods for people to get off of public assistance when they become employed or enter post-secondary education. Provide reasonable subsidies to people who do work so that they have incentives to stay employed. On a personal note, I encourage Barbie and others like her to not give up, to not allow their lives (and psyches) to become constrained by the paradoxes and limits of government assistance: Continue to work towards success, towards all that you have to offer our world.
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timinspokaneReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Eye Opening!
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This is a very good documentary about hunger, malnutrition, and disease in America. Most people do not understand that you can be fed, but malnourished, at the same time, especially in the wake of the fast food and processed food revolution. Food deserts are real, Even in my fairly large city, if you go into the poor areas and higher crime areas, you are not going to find well stocked grocery stores within a reasonable walking distance. The movie also dives into the USDA, ag subsidies, and other political messes that help to sustain this problem. There is a reason why you can often buy a junior bacon cheeseburger cheaper than you can buy a single fresh orange, and the cause of that needs to change. Documentaries like this help to open up our eyes and, hopefully, cause enough righteous indignation that more people will demand change.
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Shannon BiddleReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
$1.3 Trillion Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest, $4.5 Billion for the 2011 Child Nutrition Act
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In 2015, 50 million American's regularly went without food. Consider that the USDA spends 20 billion a year on subsidies for the wrong kinds of foods. Likewise, nearly 85% of U.S. subsidies, paid for by taxpayers, go to commodity crops such as cotton, wheat, corn, rice, and soy to manufacture unhealthy processed foods. Moreover, only 1% of the funds are dedicated to fruits and vegetables. Consequently, hunger and poverty in America have more than quadrupled in the past 40 years, and there is no end in sight.

A Place at the Table is a documentary about several different families living in America struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families. And the struggle is getting worse. In short, you can learn more about the history of hunger in America with this informative documentary.

After watching this video for a college class, I think that we need to hold our representatives accountable for this ongoing problem. Together, we need to create solutions and stop worrying about people getting something for free. Ultimately, what is at stake here is our future. In other words, what is the cost of doing nothing?
AKNReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Force D.C. politicians to watch this
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If hunger in America isn't an important issue, then I don't know what is.
One in four kids in America is hungry, without enough food every day. One in four.

We spend billions of dollars to subsidize farmers, but they are the producers of the wheat and corn and rice that goes to make the junk food industry, food that keeps those who live in poverty undernourished but obese. Poor people can't afford nutricious food, and even the very poorist who recieve food stamps must try to live on $3 a day worth of food. That means a can of soup every day, and a couple pieces of bread.

Hunger and poverty aren't issues we hear our politicians talking about, the way gun control, abortion, and gay marriage are hot topics that are frequently discussed. But among all industrialized nations, America ranks dead last out of twenty countries when it comes to hunger. When budget cuts get made in government, it's poor people who have the cuts made to programs that are there for them. They don't lobby, they don't have the voice. And there is this feeling that they deserve it. They are lazy, worthless, and don't deserve to have any help.

This was an eye opening documentary and I didn't feel bored for a second. I wonder if there are any politicians who have watched this, or who even care, about hunger in America. If there are I certainly haven't heard of them. This cast the Obama's in a favorable light, showing their efforts to enlighten others of thie problem. President Obama recieved food stamps as a child.

This was a great documentary which everyone in America should watch. How can the richest country in the world have so many hungry malnourished kids?
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IsoldeReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
End Hunger
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Yes, everyone does deserve a A Place at the Table. I really liked how this movie brought attention to child hunger. It was upsetting to see how much money was spent on the bailout, and how little is spent to end hunger. When the solution to end child hunger comes from robbing SNAP, which only gives recipients $3/Day for food, it is obvious that Congress is out of touch with their constituents. I feel for the women, SNAP recipients, featured in this film. However, I would have liked to see an acknowledgement that they are also the cause of their own personal situations. Family planning is a touchy topic, but it should have been covered in this movie. The fathers of the food insecure children represented in Washington were nowhere to be found. US Children in single mother families have a poverty rate of 51% (accounting for gov't assistance), compared to 15% of the total US population and 27% (accounting for gov't assistance) for single mothers in other developed countries. Obviously, these women did not practice abstinence, so a discussion about contraceptives would have not only been in their best interest, but the taxpayers as well. Letting children starve is terrible, and so I do not advocate cutting SNAP or programs that feed food insecure children. However, as a nation we need to look at different solutions to end hunger and reduce child obesity, resulting from the lack of funding for SNAP and other assistance programs.
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Lana OHaraReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
An eye opener and a humbling look into what is wrong with America's hunger problem
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Everyone in America should see this--especially all of our Congress and Senators, and every department in state and Federal government. It will give you a new and true look why people are going hungry in America--and it is very shocking, and makes you realize how the proper nutrition can affect young children for a lifetime. A lot of our problems are subsidies to the big Agra industry
that supply all the corn, fructose and sugar loaded foods that are so bad for you. We need more farms that can expand and provide fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price that everyone can afford, if not in cash, through a food stamp program. America's future depends on children who are brought up on healthy diets, which make healthy minds and the ability to learn and become the future leaders of our country--a lot of obesity is caused by those who cannot afford a healthy diet, the junk food and cheap fare of chips, salty and fatty foods are provided by food banks, what is left of them, and the cheapest meals to just keep a step away from starvation. Best documentary ever....
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