Documentary puts spotlight on food insecurity, childhood hunger

Sep 18, 2013

One in five Nebraska families is food insecure---meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.

A documentary being shown in Omaha Thursday night follows three families in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Mississippi as they struggle with food insecurity and access to healthy food. The documentary is called “A Place at the Table.”

Sue Arment, director of Hunger Free Heartland, one of the organizations sponsoring the showing, says the community has a role in ending childhood hunger.

"I think it’s important for us to understand all aspects of a child’s life, that they have food that’s healthy, and there are many ways to do that at school, at home, getting them healthy access to food is critical for their health, their education, many, many things they have to address in their lives."

Arment says there’s also a connection between childhood hunger and obesity. She says that’s because families who are food insecure might not be able to access healthy food.

"A Place at the Table" will be shown at Aksarben Cinema. It’s free, but registration is required. More information is available at