A Place At The Table Analysis

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Hunger in the United States is not a new dilemma by any means, However it seems to be an unvoiced one. It is rarely talked about among politicians or the public in general even though it is a serious problem. A serious problem like this needs to be thrown out into the light for the public to know. The film documentary a Place at the Table does just this. The directors and other experts provide a vivid picture of the serious affects hunger has along with the reasons and unknown facts about hunger. The documentary goes over the problems that help stir up hunger from political policies, subsidizing of certain foods, and shows that our country doesn’t even lack the capabilities needed to feed its citizens. By mixing hard evidence and anecdotal …show more content…
The documentary tries to subtlety show the problems of hunger in the United States, while not be overwhelmingly aggressive. They point out several causes of the hunger epidemic which 50 million people suffer from in our country. While pointing out several problems they highlight the Food stamp system, subsidizing of foods, and other government policies. They identify the first problem as being the integrity of the Food Stamp program. Rosie and her family of 7 that live in Colorado didn’t qualify because they made to much money, However they highlight that it’s not enough as Rosie’s mom only makes 120 dollars over two weeks. Another women they show is Barbie Izquierdo who lives in Philadelphia with two kids. She does however have food assistance but even with that she says it is not enough and typically runs out of said assistance before the month is over. Another pitfall is that she does eventually get a job but loses her food assistance because she makes “too much” yet she still struggles to provide food for her and her children. Government policies have also been pointed out in this documentary. Public schools only get reimbursed about $2.68 per meal and actually only .90 cents or one dollar go towards the actual meals. The government eventually gave a .06 cent …show more content…
After researching to see if it was just these few cases or if it actually is a reoccurring theme in hungry households I have found that JournalStar.com backs this claim of it being nationwide. Journal Star explains “these problems are from the constant cutting of the food stamp programs which has hurt the poor.” This and the documentary both show the true problems of the food stamp problem and how it is catalyzing hunger in America by not being able to sufficiently help Americas hungry population.
The point of putting these problems in light is to educate the general public about hunger and to hope that it will have ethical implications. By showing the flaws of Government policies, or subsidizing wrong foods, or the integrity of the National Food Stamp Program is to not attack the problems, but hope people will be inspired to see the need for change and reform. Any way you look at it this documentary its goal is to have a number of implications to help combat hunger and benefit the national welfare of the country and its health. Jeff Bridges also points out boldly “that if another country was doing this to our kids we would be at war.” This quote says it all that not enough is being done to vocalize the hunger in this nation so therefor there hasn’t been any ethical implications take place to make a substantial difference. That alone is the reason this documentary

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