Way back in February, Chef Tom Colicchio, optimistically declared, “I don’t think any member of Congress wants to be labeled ‘pro-hunger.’” The founder of Craft Restaurants and lead judge on Bravo TV’s mega-hit “Top Chef” was in town to promote the documentary “A Place at the Table,” a project he executive produced about food insecurity in the United States.
The film, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, Colicchio’s wife, profiles people in Colorado, Mississippi and Philadelphia who struggle to feed themselves and their families, as well as those at the local and national level who are seeking to alleviate hunger. “I think that’s something they’ll try to duck. I think that’s where this needs to head,” Colicchio said of the “pro-hunger” tag.
Watching the movie is a good start for people who want to see beyond political talking points about hunger, particularly in how it traces the near-elimination of hunger in America in the 1970s, as well as the increasing societal costs of dealing with food insecurity.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick