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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Food Bank of The Southern Tier & Park Church to Bring A Place at the Table to Elmira

  • Elmira, NY – In partnership with Park Church, the Food Bank of the Southern

    Tier is co-sponsoring a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary

    A Place at the Table. A Place at the Table is a powerful exploration of hunger,

    poverty, and food policy in America, shedding light on the complexities and

    underlying issues surrounding domestic food insecurity.
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  • Elmira, NY – In partnership with Park Church, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is co-sponsoring a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table. A Place at the Table is a powerful exploration of hunger, poverty, and food policy in America, shedding light on the complexities and underlying issues surrounding domestic food insecurity. For those interested in a free viewing of A Place at the Table, there will be a public screening on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00pm in Beecher Hall at Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira. Immediately following the film will be a panel discussion with community members including Randi Quackenbush, Community Engagement Coordinator of the Food Band of the Southern Tier; Sandon J. Coggin, Poverty Project Coordinator VISTA of Cornell Cooperative Extension; and Kathy Dubel, Elmira Community Kitchen. The panelists will respond to the issues and questions presented in the film as well as explore the local food crisis here in the Southern Tier. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack to share. The church will provide coffee and water. For more information, please contact the Park Church office at office@theparkchurch.org or 607.733.9104. Park Church requests that you enter through the parking lot door, near Gray Street. Note: there is a hockey game at the Arena on the 12th, so their parking lot will be filled with paying hockey fans who utilize their lot for parking. Parking is available in the garage near the Clemens Center, in the Weis parking lot, and on the street. “These screening events are an important opportunity to bring our local community together to discuss hunger, what's behind our current food crisis, and what can be done to address it,” said Natasha Thompson, President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “A Place at the Table successfully captures the complexities of food insecurity here in America, and will hopefully inspire a productive dialogue around the root causes and issues surrounding poverty and inspire some collaborative solutions.” Each week, over 11,000 individuals visit a hunger-relief member agency served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. In 2013, the Food Bank distributed over 9.7 million pounds of food to neighbors in need across the six Southern Tier counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins. ABOUT THE FOOD BANK OF THE SOUTHERN TIER Established in 1981 and headquartered in Elmira, NY, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier distributes food and other grocery products to people in need through a network of more than 160 member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief organizations in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins Counties. The Food Bank also administers several direct service food distribution programs including the BackPack Program™ and Mobile Food Pantry. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and a regional agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. The Food Bank helps fulfill Catholic Charities' commitment to create a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people by working together to build and sustain hunger free communities throughout the Southern Tier.
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