Modesto News Blog: Telling hunger's story at State Theater

04/02/2013 4:39 PM

04/02/2013 5:55 PM

The State Theatre is showing “A Place at The Table,” a 2012 documentary about hunger in America. And in case anyone misses the point, representatives from the United Samaritans Foundation will be on hand to talk about food insecurity in Stanislaus County.

The Turlock-based foundation’s Daily Bread Ministry serves free lunch five days a week at 42

locations in nine communities, including seven sites in Modesto. The Daily Bread Ministry trucks serve more than 30,000 meals a month.

United Samaritans Foundation has a table set up in The State Theatre’s lobby where moviegoers can donate money, canned or boxed food, and learn more about the foundation. A 10-minute video telling United Samaritan Foundation’s story will play before the documentary.

Food and monetary donations to the United Samaritans Foundation will have a bigger impact. That’s because The State Theatre and USF have partnered with the Feinstein Foundation, which will match a certain percentage of the money and food donated to USF during March and April. USF has received as much as $8,000 from the foundation in previous years.

“A Place at The Table” tells the story of hunger in America by examining the lives of the working poor. It also features interviews from experts and activists such as Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

The documentary is playing Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. For more, including purchasing tickets, visit

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