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It’s hard to see hunger in your own neighborhood.

But according to the film “A Place at the Table” there are 50 million Americans — 1 in 4 children — considered “food insecure,” meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from.

The film follows the lives of three different food insecure families across the country.

“It can be surprising to see who has food insecurity. It’s not people you would necessarily expect,” said Angie Miller, executive director of Community Action Duluth. “It’s a realistic look at what it means to not have enough money to purchase food for you family.”

On Monday, March 31 there will be a free showing of “A Place at the Table” as a part of a new film series called “Social Justice Night at the Movies.” The film series, held at Teatro Zuccone, are co-sponsored by CHUM, Community Action Duluth and the Northeast Area Labor Council.

“We want to raise awareness about issues like hunger in the Duluth area,” said Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM.

Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her mother can afford.

“You realize, while watching, that these are our neighbors. These are people we see everyday at the grocery store or working at their retail job. Just trying to get by,” Miller said.

The second film in the series will be “American Winter” and will be shown on April 30. Both films start at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

If you go

What: Social Justice Night at the Movies: A Place at the Table

Where: Teatro Zuccone, 223 E. Superior St.

When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 31

Cost: Free

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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