Food bank marks anniversary with movie screening

Food bank marks anniversary with movie screening

URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana are presenting a documentary on hunger this Friday to mark the food bank's 30th anniversary.

The documentary "A Place at the Table" will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at the Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U.

The event is free and open to the public.

The 84-minute film examines the issue of hunger in America through the lens of people struggling with food insecurity.

It also includes comments from sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel, nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle, Witness to Hunger's Mariana Chilton, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Following the film, a panel of four people will discuss the local impact of hunger and what the Eastern Illinois Foodbank is doing to address food insecurity locally.

The four panelists include Jim Hires, executive director of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank; Katie Madigan, community council director for the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana; Food for Seniors coordinator Robbie Edwards; and Centennial High School pantry captain Barb Daly.

"'A Place at the Table' brings a critical focus to the problem of hunger in America," Hires said in a written release. "The ability of the food bank to respond to the food insecurity of our community is directly connected with the efforts of the partnerships linking organizations to fight hunger."

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