Thursday, September 10, 7pm, Screening of A Place at the Table, a documentary with Jeff Bridges, and a short video about the impact of hunger on Knox County school children. Area food pantries will facilitate discussion on rising need, current programs, and invite ideas on how to help.
Sponsored jointly by Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) food pantry and emergency assistance, Come Spring Food Pantry in Union, and the Vose Library, the program is the third in a series offered at libraries throughout Knox County this summer and fall to increase public understanding of the extent of food insecurity in local communities. Attendance at these programs has been high and the discussions lively.
According to a Maine Department of Education report, 46% of Knox County school children live in homes where they miss meals because sometimes there is no food. In eight of the ten schools in RSU 13, the number is over 50%. At South Elementary School it’s 90%, and at Union Elementary, the number is 50% who qualify for free or reduced priced breakfasts and lunches.
The program will include the powerful documentary “A Place at the Table,” featuring actor Jeff Bridges, who founded the End Hunger Network, as well as a six-minute AIO video created by Maine Media Workshops about the impact of hunger on local school children. Representatives of the sponsoring food pantries will discuss the rising need for food they are witnessing, invite discussion of what is being done, and elicit ideas of how to stem this tide.