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West Orange Community Invited to Attend A Place At the Table on September 20

Judy Hahn

Saturday, September 7, 2013 • 12:11am

West Orange, NJ:  The United Presbyterian Church of West Orange will screen Participant Media’s A Place at the Table on Friday, September 20 at 7 pm, as part of the national “Take Your Place” community campaign to fight food insecurity. This will be the first screening of this important documentary in West Orange.
 
Why, in this country where food is bountiful, are so many people hungry?  Why do hard-working people struggle to put food on the table? Why are both hunger and obesity chronic problems?  
 
In an effort to engage the West Orange community in a conversation about these questions, United Presbyterian Church of West Orange (UPCWO) is inviting local residents to take their place in the fight to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
 
 The critically acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table examines the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity:  Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories of the food her hardworking mother can afford.
 
To see a trailer of A Place at the Table, go to  www.upcwo.org.
 
Immediately following the film, a panel of specialists in food access will engage in a discussion with the audience.  The panel includes Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy of the CommunityFood Bank of New Jersey, Cynthia Cumming, Food Pantry Administrator for the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, and Lachell Miller, Registered Dietitian of ShopRite of West Orange.  
 
“This screening is a great opportunity to bring the community together to discuss what’s behind this food crisis and what can be done to address it,” said Rev. Rebecca Migliore, pastor UPCWO.  “We want to connect with other people who are concerned about hunger, and we hope that this is the beginning of a greater dialogue.”
 
A Magnolia Pictures release, the 90 minute film is directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and is made in association with Active Voice and Participant Media.
 
United Presbyterian Church is located at the West Orange Presbyterian Center, 20 Old Indian Road, West Orange, just off Prospect Avenue.  For directions or questions, please call 973-731-1868 or visit www.upcwo.org.
 
ABOUT PARTICIPANT MEDIA
Participant (participantmedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature films, television, publishing and digital content that inspire social change.  Participant’s more than 40 films include GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC., WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN,” THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN.  Participant’s social action campaigns and digital network TakePart.com continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and actions.  Its new millennial television network Pivot (pivot.tv), launching this summer in 40 million-plus homes, is TV for The New Greatest Generation.  www.participationmedia.com
 
ABOUT ACTIVE VOICE
Active Voice (activevoice.net) tackles social issues through the creative use of film.  We believe that real progress requires real connection, and that film has a unique power to bring people together in meaningful ways.  Every day Active Voice helps filmmakers, funders and communities start the conversations and relationships that lead to lasting, measurable change.  Active Voice has worked with a wide range of award-winning films, including Food, Inc., The VisitorMade in L.A., and American Promise.  www.activevoice.net
 
ABOUT ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country.  As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change.  For more than 40 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves.  When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.  For more information, visitwww.rwif.org.  Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwif.org/twitteror on Facebook at www.rwif.org/Facebook.  
 
 
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