A Place At The Table: The Review

  A Place At The Table is a documentary that highlights ongoing issues in the United States of America today. Hunger, Poverty, and food insecurity are at the center of the revealing film. The documentary explores trials and tribulations that many people face throughout their lives. It shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation, and it could be solved indefinitely if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of everyone. The issue of hunger in America is told through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up poor hustles to provide for her two kids. Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader depends on friends and neighbors for food as she struggles in school. Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader suffers from asthma and other health issues that came as a result of the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can only afford.

  Barbie begins with stories of a sparsely sustainable life. Her family was not all that wealthy, nor were they middle class by any means. They were a family fending for their loved ones by receiving handouts from the community. Safe to say that Barbie did not grow up lucky in a stable home that could provide for her. In her case, being laid-off work was really the beginning of her worries of food insecurity. Her kids had to hope that mummy was always going to be able to feed them properly. Her story goes on to indicate the problem with government welfare, where the funds she receives barely provide enough for the first two weeks, leaving her another two weeks in the month to worry where her next meal might come. 

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