Forum on obesity in region, film screening

In New Hampshire, 13.7 percent of households are food insecure, that is, uncertain of having or unable to acquire enough food to meet the needs of the family. In Cheshire County, one in 10 people live below the poverty line, while 28 percent of residents are obese. Why is this happening? And what can we do to help?

In an effort to engage Monadnock region residents in a conversation about hunger and obesity in our nation and locally, Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, a partner with the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative, is hosting a screening of the film “A Place at the Table” at the Colonial Theater in Keene on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

The event in Keene is free and open to the public with the donation of fresh produce or canned goods benefitting the Keene Community Kitchen.

After viewing the film, a panel of community leaders will be on hand to discuss ways organizations in the region are working to make healthy food more affordable.

Panel hosts include Donna Reynolds, Food Service director for ConVal School District; Kin Schilling, founder and executive director of the Cornucopia Project in Hancock; Phoebe Bray, executive director, The Keene Community Kitchen; and Olivia Zink, community organizer, New Hampshire Citizen’s Alliance. There will also be time for questions and comments from the audience. Refreshments and further discussion with area community groups will follow.

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