A place at the table is a documentary that gathers and sheds light on some of the most ongoing issues in the United States of America today. Some being Hunger, Poverty, and food insecurity. The documentary explores trials and tribulations that many people face throughout their lives. It shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved indefinitely, if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of everyone. The issue of hunger in America is told through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Barbie, is a single Philadelphia mother who grew up poor and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids. Rosie, is a Colorado fifth-grader who has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed herself as she struggles in school. Tremonica, is a Mississippi second-grader who has asthma and other health issues that came as a result of the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can only afford.
Barbie begins with stories of how she had only been able to survive a sparsely sustainable life. Her family was not all that wealthy, nor were they middle class by any means. They were a family that had to fend for their loved ones by receiving handouts and help from the community. So safe to say that Barbie did not grow up lucky in a stable home that could provide her adequate needs. In her case, being laid-off work was really the beginning of her worries of food insecurity. Her kids had to hope that mummy was always going to be able to feed them properly. Her story goes on to indicate the problem with government welfare, where the funds she receives barely provide enough for the first two weeks, leaving her another two weeks in the month to worry were her next meal might come.