At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
The documentary A Place at the Table was theatrically released last Friday, March 1. The film tackles the issues of hunger and food insecurity in America while telling the story of individuals struggling to make ends meet.
Over the weekend, the reviews came in. Here’s what the critics are saying:
“The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of ’food insecurity‘ by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation’s poor.” – Gary Goldstein, L.A. Times
“It’s a beautifully shot and reasonably balanced film, but one that struggles to find a hopeful note to end on.” – Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune
“After all, the numbers are scary. As rich as we are as a nation—still—many of our citizens are, at best, malnourished. One in six says they regularly don’t have enough to eat.” – Stephen Whitty, NJ Star-Ledger
“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 Addiego, SF Chronicle
“The film shows the challenge can be met only with involvement. It’s impossible not to care when you see the face of hunger close up. This terrific call to action gives us the look we need.” – Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News
If you are interested in viewing the film, The Food Bank of Western Mass. invites you to a special screening at Amherst Cinema on March 7th at 7pm. Following the film there will be a panel discussion featuring Food Bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA, featured in the film) and UMass Professor Julie Caswell. For ticketing information please visit www.amherstcinema.org.
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