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March 7, 2013
A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table“A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It”

Edited by Peter Pringle

(PublicAffairs, $15.99)

Reviewed by Larry Cox


America has truly become one nation, underfed.

Despite our bounty, 49 million people in the United States — including one in four children — go hungry every day. This is not because we as a nation do not have the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all our citizens. Rather, it is a lack of innovation, proper planning and use of money.

During rough economic times, more and more people depend on food stamps and other safety-net programs. Even though times have gotten even tougher since the crash in 2009, many members of Congress are determined to slash or eliminate many of these vital programs in an effort to balance the budget. If the food stamps program is cut, one can only wonder what will happen to the 15 percent of Americans who depend on it. Even more shameful is that a country as wealthy as the United States has 49 million people going to bed hungry each night.

This companion book was triggered by the critically acclaimed documentary, “A Place at the Table,” and features gritty, insightful and thought-provoking essays from food and hunger activists and reformers who in addition to identifying the problem, serve up innovative ways that we can change the dire problem of hunger. The essays and contributions provide context and background for the documentary.

Peter Pringle, author and co-author of 10 books on science and politics, including the bestseller “Food Inc.,” edits this collection. Essayists include such heavy hitters as Jennifer Harris of Yale University; David Beckmann, head of Bread of the World; Andy Fisher, veteran activist; and Marion Nestle, nutritionist and acclaimed critic of the food industry.

As Pringle points out, hunger in American can be reversed if we join forces to make healthy food both more available and affordable.

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