Baylor's Texas Hunger Initiative to host viewing of A Place at the Table

Texas Hunger Initiative
June 7, 2013

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WACO, Texas (June 7, 2013) - The Texas Hunger Initiative will hosti a free viewing of the documentary A Place at the Table, from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, June 10 at the Mayborn Museum Complex on the Baylor University campus. Afterward there will be a discussion featuring Matt Hess, Executive Director of World Hunger Relief, Inc., Gaynor Yancy, Ph. D., professor in the School of Social Work and Cheryl Pooler, social worker for the Waco ISD Homeless Outreach Services.

Developed by the team that created Food, Inc., A Place at the Table takes a look at Americans in poverty, struggling to feed their families or themselves. According to the film, half of the children in the U.S. will be on food assistance at some point in their young lives.

The Texas Hunger Initiative, sponsored by Baylor, strives to combat excessive hunger through policy, education, community organizing and community development.

"It is in this spirit that the Texas Hunger Initiative and Baylor School of Social Work are teaming up to host a community viewing of A Place at the Table," said Sarah McPherson, Texas Hunger Initiative graduate research assistant. "This event will give members of the community an opportunity to engage, educate themselves, and find out what steps we can take to help make our state and nation food secure."

For more information on the film, watch the trailer or visit A Place at the Table's website. For more information on the event or on Baylor's Texas Hunger Initiative, visit their website.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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