Take Your Place at the Table
When we set our table with locally grown, locally made and nutritious food, choices that support our health and our local economy, who isn’t getting a place at that table? This fall and into the winter, our community will bring more attention to this question, by hosting a series of events using the film “A Place at the Table” as the launching point for community conversations. The goal is to inspire collective community action to address hunger, obesity and food policy, on both the local and national level, so that all individuals have access to healthy food and a great quality of life, our definition of a rich Local Living Economy.
Who doesn’t have a place at the table? In the United States, fifty million people, including one in five children, suffer from hunger, while two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and adolescents are obese or overweight. In Cheshire County, one in ten people live below the poverty line, while 28% of residents are obese.
But aren’t hunger and obesity separate issues? Not in the United States, where there’s a strong connection between hunger and obesity in lower-income families living in underserved communities. Why? High-quality, nutritious food costs more than unhealthy food choices. For instance, while the price of soda has fallen 33% over the last 30 years,
the price of fruits and vegetables has increased by more than 40%.
Communities are working to address these issues by giving people better access to healthy food. On Sunday, November 17th, 1pm at Colonial Theatre in Keene, you are invited to our community’s “A Place at the Table” viewing. This event is free and open to the public with a donation of fresh produce or canned good. After viewing the film “A Place at the Table,” we’ll highlight ways that our community is currently working to make healthy food more affordable and discuss action steps we all can take.
On November 17th, we’ll highlight two efforts that build upon a national food assistance program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to make healthy food within reach for more people, the The Double Up Veggie Bucks Program at the Farmers’ Market of Keene, and the Healthy Food for All Program at the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene.
Save the Date of November 17th and find out how you can address the issues of hunger, obesity and food policy now at www.takepart.com/table or call 855-48TABLE. Take your place at the table, with healthy food for all.