Grand Film Series Sparks Community Action

ELLSWORTH- The Grand, in downtown Ellsworth, is showing two documentaries in June dealing with issues facing our local Maine communities.

On Friday, June 14th at 7 pm, the series opens with the gripping study of hunger in America, “A Place at the Table,” a 2012 documentary film that will include a community Q+A.

“A Place at the Table,” from the producers of “Food, Inc,” is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in America. Forty-nine million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite the nation’s having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. The film describes how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. Actor Jeff Bridges and Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio make appearances in the film.

To bring this issue into the light of local residents who need help feeding families, The Tree of Life Food Pantry in Blue Hill has some sobering statistics. In 2012, the food pantry gave 300,000 pounds of food to 9,991 families – and that’s just on the Blue Hill peninsula. Community representatives will be on The Grand stage after the screening to answer questions on the issue of hunger in our region and state, and to offer resources for ways to become involved.

Share the experience and join with neighbors to generate a voice against Hunger at “A Place at the Table” at The Grand on Friday, June 14th at 7 pm.

Tickets are $7 General Admission, $6 for Seniors and $5 for Grand Members and are available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at www.grandonline.org.