The film A Place at the Table was truly an eye opener for me, where it provided insights on families that struggled with food insecurity. I always knew that there’s a large percentage of population around the world that are struggling with hunger, but I always thought it was mostly in developing countries. I did not realize that such a large percentage of population in United States was also struggling with hunger. As someone that’s always had an abundant supply of food, I cannot imagine what it is like to be hungry all the time. The movie shows the fact that hunger isn’t just about being hungry, it’s more about people not getting enough nutrients to stay healthy from their food. It made me realize how lucky I am to be from a family that is financially stable enough to afford good food, even though I’m still complaining all the time about how hungry I am. Unfortunately, the price for fresh food compared to processed food is significantly higher, where parents would buy chips over fresh apples just because of the price. I found it especially heart breaking to see parents not having enough to feed their children, when they already are cutting the food supply short for themselves. Some parents even needed to travel hours on the bus just to get to the closest superstore for food. It shocked me to hear that one in two children in the United States suffer from hunger, but one in three children would develop type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, even with people try to help by setting up food banks, it just isn’t enough due to the amount of people that are in poverty. As the price of living increases, more families that struggle with food insecurity may increase as well, and to change that, I think the price of living needs to be changed. Overall, the movie really changed my perspective, making me realize how grateful I should be to not be struggling with hunger issues. The movie did a good job providing exploring poverty and families struggling with food, giving me an idea on what the world is like.
I think to truly fix this issue, we can’t focus too much on donating to food banks and such; However, doing that does do a lot of help. Instead, focus on things that will solve the problem in the long run, such as education and economy. Educating people can help people learn the problems that come with processed foods. Although processed foods are cheap, they don’t provide a lot of nutritious value, which in turn results in malnutrition problems. Learning that fact can help parents choose wisely when purchasing food to ensure their children meets the amount of nutrients required to have a healthy body. Having better economy can mean a lot of things, such as improving minimal wage. That way families that don’t have stable financial support can earn more money to have stable support for both them and their children. We can also regulate the prices of fresh foods so that they cost less than processed foods, where we change the way fresh food is farmed so that we can mass produce them without costing too much.