Film brings hunger home

Going hungry isn’t something that only happens in far-off places.

Tonight, the Mesa County Library is showing a film about hunger in America, “A Place at the Table,” directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbrush.

A portion of the film features the plight of some Collbran residents facing problems getting enough to eat.

A reception is at 6:30 p.m. and the film is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the central library at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue. A discussion will follow the movie. Admission is free, but viewers are asked to bring non-perishable canned food to be donated to the Community Food Bank. The canned food drive at the library runs through Saturday.

Starlene Collins, manager of the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies, said she has seen the film and would recommend it to others.

Collins said she appreciates that the film outlines complexities of how government subsidies affect food prices. Two food groups that aren’t subsidized include fruits and dairy products, important food groups to help create balanced diets, Collins said.

“It gave me an insight into families and why they’re struggling,” Collins said of the movie.

Collins knows well about making dollars stretch to provide the most food possible for recipients. For Collins, getting canned fruit is difficult because the commodity is expensive. 

In general, getting fresh food to rural areas can be difficult, she said, because it spoils quickly.

“Sometimes it’s not as good and it’s more expensive,” Collins said of fresh food in rural areas. “I have a five-minute drive to a Walmart or Safeway. In rural areas people have to decide, ‘How much do I want to spend on gas?’ and, ‘How much do I want to spend on food?’ ”


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