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A Place at the Table (2012)

Jeff Bridges  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B119H1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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50 Million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vital Message March 1, 2013
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I have been waiting for this to premier. I am the director of an emergency food program. The pantry feeds several area families each week and the need continues to grow. We pray for the day that we will go out of business, because no one needs our help. In the meantime, I am grateful that artists put together documentaries like this. Our communities can be so segregated, that the rich can't begin to relate to the poor. When we solicit for donations, we have had people tell us that there are no hungry in our town. This film raises awareness regarding the responsibility that we have toward one another. We are to care for those who can't help themselves. The other day at the pantry, I spoke with a guest who had recently lost her job and was forced to turn to the food pantry for help. The kicker was she was very well-versed on the issue of hunger-insecurity. Before she fell on hard times, she worked with local food banks and pantries. Now she needed to visit one herself. They say we are all a paycheck or two away. The speakers in the film were right. The food pantries and food banks cannot and should not be the answer for hungry families in this country. We need to be considered temporary help. We need to encourage the government to responsibly fund legislature that would support families who can't quite make ends meet. Like the one gentleman said, if feeding the hungry isn't the priority, he doesn't know what is. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger is an important issue. March 2, 2013
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This film is important. It shines a light on hunger in America. There just isn't enough support for those who need it. The Government should step up the programs to help people in this nation have healthy and nutritious meals. The film talks about food stamps and school programs. The film failed to illustrate exactly how education could be changed. There was a teacher passing around a melon, but that's not going to be enough. Schools need their own gardens.

This isn't a place for a rant. Watch this film. Start thinking about how you and I can end hunger. Meanwhile, put pressure on Government to make sure kids aren't starving. Mention that sugar isn't food while you have them on the phone.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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A very profound documentary! I thought I was aware of the hunger problem in this country. I certainly was not. This film should be mandatory viewing for each and every citizen. Well done! I only hope changes will be made!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really got me to think March 3, 2013
This book and film are must read, must see.
As for the issue of hunger and malnutrition in the US, I've worked at various feeding programs including City Harvest. I'm also a single mom. Ive been on food stamps. And I know that the issue of hunger and malnutrition/child obesity is entwined with the issue of female poverty and the status of women . Divorce laws that leave women with a drop in socioeconomic status, lower female wages, and a minimum wage that hasnt kept pace with the cost of living combine to create a situation where single mothers are often working more than one job, with little time to shop and cook healthy meals. or to afford the ingredients, or to afford the neighborhoods where the ingredients are sold. These women arent just poor or stretched financially, they are stretched for time as well. Soup kitchens and food pantries help but not really-- the food is usually salty, starchy, and fatty at a soup kitchen and pantries stock canned goods and packaged processed food. What these families need are Meals on Wheels, healthy prepared meals that are easy to reheat and serve. The Meals on Wheels program has had solid success in improving the nutrition of seniors. I propose that we do the same for poor families now.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I can't hardly take documentaries not based on facts.

I am a welfare worker and have been for the past 24 years. So I'm talking what I know not what I have read! I have a hard time understanding how the nations children are going hungry. I am a welfare worker who approve foodstamps and WIC everyday. A family of four receives $632 in food stamps, those with children under the age of 5 receive an additional food grant from WIC (more food for pregnant mothers and their children up to age 5). The WIC is a total $500 per month in addition to $632. That's a total of $1132. This is in addition to the other government subsidies (cash assistance, SSI, Section 8 housing (with rent of $100) reduced utilities and free telephone.

Now. let's look at the same family of 4 who has income of about $2643. This family does not qualify for food stamps, rental assistance, transportation asistsance, utility reduction nor free cell phone. They wind up spending most of their money in rent, transportation, childcare, cell phone bill, etc. This leaves very little for food. It's the working people that are having a hard time making it in the United States. These are people who get up every morning hitting it. It's a sad day when someone getting up going to work is living worse then people who are doing nothing. And spare me that these people want to work but can't find work. As I stated, I'm talking facts. The only people who should receive ANY government assistance (without doing something for it )are chidlren (under 18), elderly (over 70) and severely disabled. Every other abled bodied adult should be working doing something for this country. The bible says man don't work he don't eat! They should be working in the schools, roads, child care, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening and utterly remarkable! See this and talk about ...
Eye-opening and utterly remarkable! See this and talk about it and do what you can to alleviate childhood hunger. So worth seeing!
Published 2 days ago by Donna Elia
4.0 out of 5 stars This documentary did a great job of showing the effects of hunger...
Very interesting. This documentary did a great job of showing the effects of hunger right here in America.
Published 6 days ago by caralynn71
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was very good - I loved the information - a must see for everyone
Published 7 days ago by D. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Please watch and react, agree or disagree.
I wish there was a way to encourage every American to view this documentary. It takes a logical, fact-based look at the impact of our food policies and provides color by following... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Patrick McC
5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented. The story needs to be more widely ...
Well presented. The story needs to be more widely told.
Published 18 days ago by pat4putts
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark.
The show was poignant, however the conclusions to the food/health crisis highlighted in the movie seemed to indicate the need for a "government fix. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gary Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderfully informative. Eye-opening. Our elected officials should all watch and understand this!
Published 23 days ago by Karen A Hayungs
4.0 out of 5 stars Sobering
I agree completely that a hunger problem exists in this country, but what bothered me about some of these families is that they are struggling to put food on the table for their... Read more
Published 28 days ago by jaydee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sobering Film
This is a great film that I think everyone who is interested in food justice should watch. America is failing the poor in providing healthy food.
Published 1 month ago by Tiffany E Probasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanls
Just in time... A great movie that explain a big problem in the world. FOOD SECURITY. Thanks for sending it in time
Published 2 months ago by Myrna Rivera
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