No child should go hungry in America, yet 1 in 4 U.S. kids don't know where their next meal will come from.
Food Bloggers Against Hunger was created in response to the new documentary from Participant Media, A Place at the Table. On April 8, 2013, food bloggers will donate their posts to raise awareness about the film, issues of hunger, and ask their readers to send letters to Congress to protect SNAP funding and make anti-hunger legislation a priority. (Event results can be viewed here.)
Hunger in America and A Place at the Table
A Place at the Table premiered on March 1st, 2013. This documentary from Participant Media—the same studio that brought you Food Inc.—follows three families struggling with food insecurity, and sheds light on the very real problem of hunger in America.
Here's what we're up against. We subsidize the wrong products. Millions of Americans live in food deserts without access to healthy ingredients. The foods we should be eating—fruits and vegetables—are more expensive than the chips, sodas, and processed foods that are available. We currently spend a mere $1 per week per child in school meal programs. Food stamp participants are only allocated $4 a day to survive.
SNAP—the nation’s food stamp program—is at risk for severe cuts that would impact millions of families, especially children, that rely on school meals and food stamps to survive. In response to the film, the country's leading anti-hunger organizations, Share Our Strength, Bread for the World, Feeding America, and The Food and Research Action Center, are asking supporters to help spread the word.
Private sector programs and charities aren’t enough. The only sustainable solution is for government policies to change, so we must make our voices heard.
Food bloggers can help make a difference this by using their platforms to advocate for change. If you're ready to do good with food this spring, here's how!
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and download the post guidelines
- Twitter: Follow @thegivingtable and tweet using the A Place at the Table hashtag #takeyourplace
- Facebook: On 4/8/13, post your recipes on The Giving Table's fan page.
- Pinterest: A board has been created to capture your posts!
- Instagram: Tag recipe photos with the #takeyourplace hashtag
About A Place at the Table
Screening A Place at the Table is not a requirement to participate, but if you’d like to see the film, there are several ways to do it. Check the listings to see if the film is playing in your city. If not, the film is also available on demand through iTunes and Amazon.
Food Bloggers Unite to Fight Hunger | New York Times (3/27/13)
Diner's Journal - What We're Reading | New York Times (3/20/13)