The documentary film, “A Place at the Table”, will screen at the Cozmic
Cafe, 594 Main Street on November 12. The eye-opening film takes an
unflinching look at hunger in the United States.
Fifty million Americans-1 in 4 children- do not know where their next meal is
coming from. The term “food insecurity” applies to these families. Ending
hunger in the richest country in the world is in the best interests of all.
The problem is not that the U.S. does not produce enough food; the
problem is that many communities either donʼt have access to fresh fruits
and vegetables (these areas called food deserts) or they canʼt afford them.
The cost of fresh produce has increased by 40% since 1980 while the cost
of processed junk food has decreased by the same amount.
Ironically, Mississippi has the highest rate of food insecurity and also the
highest rate of obesity in the U.S. Also ironically, the U.S. ranks worst
among developed nations for food insecurity.
“A Place at the Table” uses historical context, facts and figures, and first
hand interviews to shine the spotlight on hunger in the U.S. Bob Johnson
of the Sierra Club noted, “We could solve this problem if our politicians had
the political will to do so.”
“Living where we do, it is hard to imagine children in our community going
to bed hungry but I am certain that is the case,” commented Patty Wilson of
the Coalition for Change. “For this November showing, we will be donating
any funds collected over the cost of the room rental to our local food
On an additional note, the 13th annual “Empty Bowls Supper” will be held
on Saturday, November 15 at St. Patrickʼs Parish Hall, 3109 Sacramento
Street, Placerville. The supper raises funds to combat hunger by
supporting one local and one international organization each year. Last
yearʼs event raised more than $15,000.
Folks from the “Empty Bowls” committee will be on hand at the movie to
answer questions and and give out information about the supper. “I feel
grateful that we have 3 local groups – the Sierra Club, Coalition for Change,
and Empty Bowls – all working toward the same goal of ending hunger,”
says Wilson. “We are blessed to live in such a giving and caring
The door for the film opens at 6 with “A Place at the Table” beginning at
6:30. A $3. donation would be appreciated. The kitchen is open until 8 on
movie nights but you are encouraged to place your order early as they
have been very busy the past couple of movie screenings.
The winter film line-up is as follows: December 10, “Wrenched”; January
21, “Trashed”; February 11, DamNation.
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Your core team is all over the map… literally. We could use some help/support in the following efforts:
4. MEASURE M has qualified for the Nov. ballot. Below is the website and contact info for this group. Even if, like me, you do not have a huge housing development planned for your immediate area, these projects would add thousands of cars to our roadways. I don’t think any of us wants to be held hostage by gridlock.traffic. Please contribute whatever you can for the signage needed to get the word out. A 4 X 8 sign runs about $50. I plan to contribute $25. this month and $25. next month.
June 23 C4C meeting
The recent election results were front and center in our discussion. We tossed
around ideas regarding what we might want to do in the run-up to the Nov. election.
We will start registering voters in Sept. and invite Art Moore, McClintockʼs opponent, to
speak at our July 28 meeting.
May 24 C4C meeting
After an Earth Day wrap up, we discussed our ongoing efforts with Covered
California and the ﬁlm series co-sponsored with the Sierra Club. Both “side” projects
have been very successful. We experienced a small ﬁnancial bump from the ﬁlm series.
The ﬁlm series will kick off its second year on Sept. 10 with a screening of “Inequality for
All” at the Cozmic Cafe.
Another successful Earth Day in Placerville, CA! After a rainy Friday (rain that didn’t stop until the wee hours of Saturday), we joined lots of other hearty El Doradans on the green at the library for an interesting, musical, and yes- at times sunny, Earth Day! We talked to folks about the danger facing the Monarch butterfly migration in North America. Due to loss, by upwards of 50%, of milkweed, the “nursery” and initial food source for Monarchs, the numbers of migrating (and pollinating) Monarchs has dropped drastically in the last few years. More information can be found online here: http://worldwildlife.org/species/monarch-butterfly (Thanks to Patty for her original butterfly art that adorned our booth!)
With us again this year were Paul and Dolly, the worm people. They are rock stars at Earth Day as every child excitedly takes her/his turn digging through the worm compost bin in search of worms.
We were joined by the Beekeepers of El Dorado on our other side. They had live bees and were able to give visitors a lot of information about how a hive functions as well as the dangers facing the bee population and by association the danger to our own food supply.
All in all, a very interesting, thought provoking, community event. See you next year!
February 24 Coalition for Change Meeting
The agenda includes discussion/updates on Covered California Health Care, the
film series, Rural Communities United, the Foothill Post, and other topics of local
interest. 6:15 (new start time), Raleyʼs, Placerville Dr., Placerville Contact:
Dirt! The Movie screens at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville this Wednesday, February 12. Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Change and the Sierra Club, this entertaining and informative documentary explores our historical and current relationship
with dirt. Humans need good soil to survive. Doors open at 6 with the film starting at 6:30. Food service at the Cozmic ends at 6:00. Suggested donation $3. Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The support for these monthly films has been great. Here’s a peek at the audience from January’s film Genetic Roulette.