Letters to the Editor: Film screening will detail hunger's consequences

Letters to the Editor: Film screening will detail hunger's consequences

Letters to the Editor

Fifty million people in the United States — one in four children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Here in Alameda, more than 5,500 people used the services of the Alameda Food Bank in 2013.

On Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m., Alameda Backyard Growers is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary A Place at the Table at Michaan’s Auctions Theater, which is located at 2751 Todd Street at Alameda Point. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and there will be refreshments and gift bags for the first 100 attendees.

We will have opening remarks by Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan; Troy Gilbert, executive director of the Alameda Food Bank; Shanti Prasad, community mobilization coordinator of the Alameda County Community Food Bank; and Janice Edwards, co-founder of Alameda Backyard Growers. Directions and details are available at http://alamedabackyardgrowers.org/a-place-at-the-table.

A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Please join us for this very timely film and learn what you can do help both in our own community and beyond.

Birgitt Evans
Alameda Backyard Growers board member
Co-owner, Pollinate Farm & Garden


Submitted by Michael L. Urquhart (not verified) on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

I do not believe the 5,500 number quoted for those using the food bank in 2013. How many actually needed to draw upon that available channel for food distribution would be a fair discovery to reveal. The numbers should also report really what percentage of that or exact numbers of those are California born U.S.citizens and then all others while a good breakout of all of the others is going to show interesting Americans too likely from arriving from other states as well as those from other cultures getting in on the free for all particularly if they have the means to drive by and do not have to travel by buggy and horse but did they need the food or was it just to easy to obtain for free too. That might make one detail to be "liked getting the food easily and felt the food was too easy to obtain not to want to obtain the food for free". Obsessions can develop in all that.