DENVER – A Colorado teacher and her student play a key role in a new film highlighting the problem of hunger in America.
The film, “A Place at the Table,” cites a sobering statistic: 50 million children in the United States don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
The film features the story of Leslie Nichols, a teacher in Collbran whose students – including fifth-grader Rosie, who also is featured – struggle with hunger in the classroom. Nichols said children such as Rosie have all sorts of hunger-related problems such as being unable to keep up with classes or concentrate on schoolwork.
“The reality is, their world is consumed worrying about those big-fix people things like ‘What am I going to eat?’ ‘Mom and dad are stressed out about how to make ends meet.’ That adds additional burdens to a kid.”
That means those children don’t often put a priority on doing well in school,” Nichols said.
“A Place at the Table” is in theaters now, and will be released Friday OnDemand and on iTunes. For the first 100,000 tickets, downloads or books purchased March 1-3, Plum Organics will donate one essential nutrition pouch to a baby or toddler.
Nichols said she’s been amazed by the response to the film. People, she said, tell her they come away inspired and motivated to get involved in helping to solve the issue of hunger in America.
“The bottom line is, anybody can make a difference,” Nichols said. “I’m one person in my community and I deliver 1,500 food bags a year. That’s one person.”
She says she’s not looking for accolades – she just hopes more people will also step up and help.
More information is online at takepart.com/place-at-the-table.