The Monadnock Food Co-op and Neighboring Food Co-op Association, in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host a viewing and discussion of the film “A Place at the Table” at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene.
The screening is part of Participant Media’s “Take Your Place” Social Action Campaign, an initiative that uses this acclaimed documentary to seed community conversations about hunger, obesity and food policy, to inspire collective action to address these systemic problems. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a total of 25 communities across the country will host such events throughout the summer and fall.
Some of the questions this campaign addresses are: Why are almost 50 million Americans hungry, while more than 23.5 million children and teenagers are overweight or obese (and sometimes hungry, too)? What triggers and connects these trends? What systems and institutions perpetuate food insecurity, and what policy reforms will ensure that people get the healthy food they need? In an effort to engage the Monadnock Region in a conversation around these questions, the Monadnock Food Co-op invites local residents to “take their place” in local efforts to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
The September 24th event will focus on the efforts of food cooperatives and farmers markets to make healthy food more affordable to more people. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Bonnie Hudspeth of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association’s Healthy Food Access Program, Vicky Senni of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s Good to Grow Program and Nancy McGartland of the Farmers’ Market of Keene’s Double Up Veggie Bucks Program. Another six Food Co-ops in New England are coordinating efforts to plan similar events this fall, and additional Monadnock Region organizations are collaborating on a second “Place at the Table” Event later this year.