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‘A Place at the Table’ looks at food insecurity

  • Friday, April 12, 2013

The Park Circle Film Society (PCFS) will explore the pervasive and dire issue of food insecurity on Saturday, April 13, with a screening of “A Place at the Table” followed by a panel discussion. This special event is co-sponsored by Lowcountry Local First and Slow Food Charleston.

Fifty million people in the U.S. — one in four children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. “A Place at the Table” shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Panelists for the post-screening discussion include Pat Walker, president and CEO, Lowcountry Food Bank; Amy Kosar, food solicitor, Lowcountry Food Bank; Germaine Jenkins, coordinator, Chicora Community Garden Project; and a member of the Charleston culinary community (TBD). The panel will be moderated by Susan A. Bass, executive director and president of the board, Slow Food Charleston.

“Slow Food Charleston is thrilled to be a sponsor for the film “A Place at the Table.” Teaming up with the Park Circle Film Society for this film is a perfect complement to our fall documentary food film series, and we hope to introduce a new audience to the benefits of Slow Food,” said Susan A. Bass, Slow Food Charleston.

“Each day the Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of the more than 200,000 food insecure families, children and elderly in our coastal community. “A Place at the Table” gives us an opportunity to further the dialogue about the struggles that so many of our clients are facing each day,” added Pat Walker, Lowcountry Food Bank.

WHERE: 4820 Jenkins Ave., North Charleston

WHEN: Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. (panel immediately follows film) an encore screening of the film will be held Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for members of PCFS and co-sponsor organizations (with proof of membership), $5 for nonmembers

Details: PCFS will hold a food drive at our April 13 and 14 screenings. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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