Great Barrington: Community dinner, film screening and panel discussion to focus on hunger


Berkshire International Film Festival is partnering with Monument Mountain Regional High School to present a community screening of the award-winning documentary, "A Place at the Table," narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.

A free community dinner will be follow by the screening on Thursday, March 13, at MMRHS. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the film at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately following the screening, a panel discussion to discuss the film and the face of hunger in Berkshire County will include state Sen. Benjamin Downing, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Andrew Morehouse of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Monument Mountain student food activist Zoe Borden, and Peter Stanton of the Nutrition Center of the Berkshires.

Film directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity.

The film and dinner are free and open to the public. Both vegetarian and meat chili will be served in the cafeteria.

The Farm to School Stand (store) will be open and selling healthy snacks.

Monetary donations to the Jo Spartan fund will be accepted. This fund is used to help MMRHS students who may find themselves in need of lunch money, fees for field trips, equipment, etc.

For more information on the Jo Spartan fund, contact Marianne Young at MMRHS.

A food drive will begin that evening and continue throughout the year. Donations of nutritious foods are welcome, and the food will be delivered to South County food banks.


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