Movie Night: Food Stamped

Who knew a movie about food stamps could be so entertaining?  Last night I attended the Good Food Co-op’s screening of Food Stamped.
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.
It really was both informative and humorous.  After watching the film, we had a lively discussion with some community members who are trying to eat healthy on SNAP benefits (food stamps), local food justice advocates and speakers from Lexington Farmers Market, Faith Feeds, and Grace Now.  I left feeling motivated to do more to address the issue of food insecurity and increasing access and affordability of healthy food.  It’s an issue that has been getting some attention lately with the KET special that asked, “What does poverty look like in Kentucky?” Gina Bigler answered the question this way:

Children living in poverty are suffering from obesity and malnutrition at the same time. Children are getting calories but not nutrition. Inexpensive foods are full of empty calories that do nothing to nourish young bodies and brains.  Poverty looks like a tired, overweight, hungry child…Poverty looks like pain.”

That’s why I was glad to hear about this study from Yale that shows food banks are addressing obesity with nutrition-related policies.  Marlene Schwartz, senior author and deputy director of the Rudd Center was quoted.

For those who struggle to put food on the table it is not just about too few calories, it is also about not having access to healthy foods and adequate nutrition.  In response, leading food banks across the country have adapted to strategically promote healthier foods and beverages.

While big steps are certainly needed to address poverty, each of us can help alleviate some of the pain with small steps.

  • Donate healthier, less processed food or money to buy fresh produce to your local food bank
  • Serve water and fruit at school celebrations instead of cake and sugary drinks
  • Ask your PTA and booster clubs to switch to healthy fundraisers like jog-a-thons and citrus sales instead of candy and cookie dough
  • Don’t use food as a reward which can contribute to disordered eating
  • Support a community garden
  • Share your cooking skills with someone who does not know how

Other ideas?

2 thoughts on “Movie Night: Food Stamped

  1. Thanks for stopping by and I enjoyed reading your review. You made a great point: “I feel like the people who need the information the most will never take it upon themselves to watch it ,or if they do, they do so with their ingrained mindsets firmly planted and closed to receiving info that could even slightly alter their view.”

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