- 1 out of every 2 children in the U.S. will be eligible for Food Stamps at some point in their lives. That means there is a 50% chance of our own kids being on them (mine already have been).
- 50 million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. They are “food insecure.”
Read Related: From Middle Class to Food Stamps: a Latina Mom’s TaleAmerica is a country that promotes self-sufficiency, which is a great thing, and prides itself on a legacy of helping others. As the plaque on the Statue of Liberty states:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!However, A Place at The Table rightly asks, “How are we treating these poor?” Actor Jeff Bridges, who appears in the film, states: “If another country were doing that to our children (keeping them underfed and malnourished), we’d be at war!” By reducing the funds allocated to the SNAP program, more children are growing up with illnesses such as diabetes, and more money is spent on medical bills that in the end are costing society more than feeding our kids properly would. I didn’t need to watch the documentary to realize that something has to change, and soon. But I believe many people will come to this realization while watching A Place at the Table.