Public invited to free screenings of A Place at the Table in Kirkland, June 12-18


As part of their continuing effort to end hunger for Kirkland’s school-age children, Kirkland Nourishing Network and Kirkland Interfaith Network invite the public to view the 2012 documentary film A Place at the Table at seven screenings throughout the city during the week of June 12-18.


Admission to each screening is free of charge . No tickets or reservations are needed, but seating is on a space-available basis. Dress is casual.


Doors for each venue will open at 6:30PM, and the movie will be screened at 7:00PM. The film is one hour 24 minutes in length.


The dates and locations for the screenings are as follows:



Chef Holly Smith of Café Juanita in Kirkland will introduce the film on opening night at Kirkland Performance Center.


After each showing, an open discussion will be held about the issues raised in the film and how people can help to address food insecurity and hunger in America. Informational displays will be available to increase understanding of current hunger relief efforts in Kirkland and beyond.


The City of Kirkland will proclaim the week of June 12-18 as “Pangs of Truth: Hunger Awareness Week”. The proclamation will be presented at the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 4.


More About A Place at the Table


In the midst of plenty, one in four American children doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from, a crisis that is hiding in plain sight. Tom Colicchio (of Top Chef fame) and his wife, with the help of T Bone Burnett and Jeff Bridges, produced the movie A Place at the Table to open our eyes to what is needed to solve this problem.


The film is seen through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: a single mom who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; a fifth grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and a second grader with asthma and health issues that are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her working mother can afford.


Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including a sociologist, nutrition policy leader, author, activists, teachers and ordinary citizens who are working to improve the lives of others. Through this mosaic, A Place at the Table shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation and local communities, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.


For More Information


For more information on A Place at the Table, see


For more information on Kirkland Interfaith Network, visit


For more information on Kirkland Nourishing Network, visit


To view the text of the city proclamation, see