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Barbara Lee hosts screening of “A Place at the Table”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) was joined by Lori Silverbush, Director of “A Place at the Table” for a free film screening of the food security documentary at the Oakland Museum of California.  The film, an official selection of the Sundance film festival, brings the experience of hunger faced by 50 million Americans into stark focus through the stories of three individuals living with food insecurity.

Congresswoman Lee and Ms. Silverbush participated in a panel discussion to follow the film. They were joined on the panel by Suzan Bateson, Executive Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank; Y. Armando Nieto, Executive Director, Community Food and Justice Coalition; and Lori A. Cox, Director, Alameda County Social Services Agency.

“I commend Lori Silverbush and her team for their commitment to raising awareness about hunger and poverty, said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  “With nearly 46 million people living in poverty in our nation and 173,000 in poverty in Alameda Country alone, it is far past time to address poverty and hunger.”

“This past week, I participated in the SNAP Challenge, living on $4.50 per day, the food budget of a food stamp recipient. It was a vivid reminder of my own experience as a single mother living on food stamps. My hope is that through these actions, we will raise awareness and create real action to protect our vital safety net that provides a bridge over troubled water for so many who are in need.”

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