’A Place At The Table’ to be shown Feb. 9


CAMBRIDGE , N.Y. -- During this frigid winter weather how many people have to decide whether they should buy fuel oil or food to feed their families?

An average of 350 people a week come to the Cambridge Food Pantry, Christian Outreach Center, Inc., known as "Loaves and Fishes," which distributes 3,500 pounds of food a week to hungry people who live within the Cambridge School district.

On Feb. 9 Presbyterian Church, the Cambridge Community Garden, Hubbard Hall, Round House Bakery Cafe and Battenkill Books will screen as a fundraiser the award winning documentary, "A Place At The Table." The film will be shown in the lower floor of the Brieman Building at 81 East Main St. The Brieman Building is the auxiliary building of the United Presbyterian Church which houses and supports the food pantry.

"A Place At The Table" illuminates the crisis of hunger in America today through the stories of three American families struggling to get enough to eat. The film reveals the economic, social and cultural problems hunger poses for our country suggesting that making healthy food available to everyone is in the best interest of our nation. The film is directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and includes insights from a variety of experts and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle, and Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Jim Bartholomew, executive director of the food pantry, will talk about the dire issue of food insecurity in Southern Washington County, what is currently being done to meet the need of the underfed within the Cambridge school district, and how people can help.

Jim will give a tour of the "Loaves and Fishes" food pantry in the Brieman Building. Round House Bakery Cafe will serve healthy snacks from ingredients supplied by the Cambridge Food Co-op which will also provide healthy beverages. Battenkill Books has donated the book, "A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It" by Peter Pringle (editor), as a door prize.

This event will take place at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free childcare will be available. Donations to cover the cost of the film and to support the Cambridge Food Pantry’s work will be appreciated.


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