Film to raise awareness of hunger

DeKALB – A coalition of local businesses and organizations will present a one-time screening of the independent film “A Place at the Table” next week to raise awareness of food insecurity in DeKalb County.

“This is going to be the beginning of an awareness campaign,” said Anita Zurbrugg, program director for the DeKalb County Community Foundation, which funds programs for organizations in DeKalb County’s Food Security Council. “We think it’s consistent to bring this to our community because we have people in this community who don’t have regular access to enough quality food.”

“I was on Facebook doing my community activism and I had been following the trailers for this film and I was thrilled to see Jeff Bridges working on it,” said Camille Piazza of DeKalb, who is spearheading the effort with Eric Sterling to bring the film to DeKalb.

“He is completely partnered and committed. He wants himself identified with this campaign,” Piazza said of the Academy Award-winning actor.

“A Place at the Table” is a 2012 documentary that focuses on three people who struggle with hunger on a daily basis. Their stories are interwoven with commentary from Bridges, hunger experts and activists, a sociologist, teachers and members of the clergy. The film also poses possible solutions to the nation’s hunger problem, and attendees will receive information on how to work with local organizations to address the hunger issue in DeKalb County.

“Hopefully this will be a call to action. It might be more about getting involved in the community gardens or the community foundation,” Piazza said. “If everyone finds that one thing that they know they do well (and apply that skill to food insecurity), that could solve the problem.”

The movie is scheduled to be shown at in DeKalb on Thursday, June 13, but Piazza said 84 tickets must be sold before Thursday, June 6 to guarantee the showing. To purchase advance tickets or to view the movie’s trailer, visit

'A Place at the Table'

7 p.m. June 13

Carmike Market Square Cinemas, 2160 Sycamore Road, DeKalb


At least 84 tickets must be sold by midnight June 6 or the screening could be canceled. Tickets can be purchased online at

For  more to go and do, check out Town Crier, pages 37 – 39.

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