Saturday, January 26, 2013

Save the Date! Albuquerque Offering of Letters Workshop on March 16

Before I tell you about the topic of this year's Offering of Letters, I'd like to ask you to put a mark on you calendar on Saturday, March 16. We are planning our annual Offering of Letters workshop on this date. The gracious folks at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church have once again opened up their space for us.  (Thank you Patty Emord for making it possible). As usual, we will start at 9:30 and go until about Noon.Stay tuned for details.

A Place at the Table official photo
A Place at the Table 
This year's Offering of Letters will have a slight twist from previous years. We are linking our letter-writing campaign to a documentary that will be shown in movie theaters around the country That means it might come to Albuquerque (and we have big plans if it does).

We will also be signing a petition to President Barack Obama holding him to the promises he made when he was running for reelection. (We would have done the same for Gov. Mitt Romney if he had been elected).

There will be much more information to come.  In the meantime, here is a synoposis (and a link to a trailer) of the documentary A Place at the Table.

49 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are 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 hardworking mother can afford. From the people who brought you FOOD, INC., A PLACE AT THE TABLE features Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges, and many others. 

One in four children in the U.S. lives on the brink of hunger. #APLACEATTHETABLE asks why
 From Magnolia/Participant, the team that brought you FOOD, INC. —> Coming soon!

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