I last blogged about the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in September as part of Hunger Action Month. At the time, local restaurants were helping the food bank raise money for their Food for Kids program. Now, the food bank is sponsoring a movie screening to raise awareness about American’s underfed families. The screening will feature a new documentary called A Place at the Table. The film, brought to us by the people responsible for Food, Inc. (2006), combines the stories of real people with commentary from experts on hunger and nutrition. The film’s creators, as well as groups around the country, are hoping the film will spark a nationwide conversation about how to end hunger for nearly 50 million Americans.
Starting an honest conversation is important, because there is an ongoing problem with misconceptions and misinformation when it comes to hunger in America. Proponents of food programs are constantly trying to set the record straight. In February, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities discredited many of the details behind recent efforts to incorrectly portray safety net programs as wasteful spending. OKPolicy Blog just discussed how an Oklahoma proposal to increase work requirements for SNAP recipients would penalize underemployed Oklahomans. (SNAP is the program formerly known as food stamps). OKPolicy rightly pointed out that many (more…)