Have a seat, take a stand

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush released a food-related documentary earlier this month. Their film, A Place at the Table, highlights the approximately 50 million Americans who go hungry every day. While appearing as guests on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in February, the co-directors explained that the film chronicles the history of hunger in the United States. The film also calls upon people to view hunger as a social problem with a proven history of being entirely solvable given enough public motivation. A Place at the Table is currently playing at select theaters nationwide (the closest is in Berkeley, Calif.), but it's also available on iTunes and cable On Demand. Coinciding with the film is the release of the companion book A Place At The Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It and a large outreach effort to increase public involvement (visit www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table for more information). Sacramentans can take action to fight hunger by hosting film screenings, contacting legislators and volunteering.