World Community kicks off World Food Week with the film, Food Stamped (60 min.) – Wednesday, October 15 – 7pm at NIC Theatre, Courtenay.
An award winning film, Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary 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.
The film shows how difficult it is to eat a healthy diet on a limited budget even if you are educated, savvy, live near a decent grocery store or farmers’ market, have plenty of time and energy, and are a great cook. This situation has a strong resonance with low income people in Canada who struggle to provide a healthy diet for their families.
Cookbook author Mollie Katzen says “I love this film! It is eye-opening and sobering, yet delivers its message with a warm heart and terrific spirit. One comes away inspired by our potential for inventiveness, and motivated to activism.”
“We hope people will give some thought to how low income residents of this ‘land of plenty’ are faring says World Community spokesperson Janet Fairbanks. “We must always keep in mind the problems created by economic inequality, and this film should trigger discussion about how to address these issues in the Comox Valley.”
Awards include: Jury Feature Prize – San Francisco Independent Film Festival and Best Documentary – Lighthouse International Film Festival.