October 14, 2013
Bryan Sokol

Food Insecurity Awareness Events

To raise awareness and take action on food insecurity issues, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Campus Ministry, many student organizations and several local community partners will host two on-campus events.

The first is a luncheon discussion with Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Il Monastero. Lunch is free, but attendees must RSVP to service@slu.edu.

Next, the 90-minute documentary, "A Place at the Table," will be screened and discussed beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Center for Global Citizenship. The movie starts at 6 p.m. and free popcorn will be served.

Food insecurity affects more than 300,000 Missouri children. In St. Louis, one out of every four children struggles to meet their daily nutritional needs. And last month, figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated that Missouri holds the dubious distinction of being the state with highest level of hunger in the country. Meanwhile, the government's primary anti-hunger program, food stamps (or SNAP), faces two rounds of benefit cuts in coming months.

To learn about other events during the city-wide Hunger Awareness Week, visit the website of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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