Having the facts and information about the issues is an important part of advocacy work. Reading a book or watching a powerful film is an engaging way to learn more about the causal issues of hunger.
Check out these lists of our favorite books and films below to start learning more.
- $2 a day: Living on Almost Nothing in America (Edin & Shaefer)
- Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement (Poppendieck)
- The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement (Saul & Curtis)
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Ehrenreich)
- Crenshaw (Applegate)
- All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? (Berg)
- What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World (Curtis)
- The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives (Abramsky)
- A Place at the Table (Jeff Bridges)
- 50 Million Americans – 1 in 4 children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides – as they have in the past – that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.
- Food Stamped (Directed by Shira & Yoav Potash)
- Food Stamped follows nutritionist Shira Potash and her documentary filmmaker husband Yoav as they attempt to eat a healthy, well balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures, they consult with Members of Congress, food justice advocates, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at the obesity epidemic and the American economy; it’s a thought-provoking examination of the barriers low-income Americans face in their attempts to eat healthy.
- Food Fight (Directed by Chris Taylor)
- “A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement.” – Amazon.com
- Food, Inc. (Directed by Roberty Kenner)
- Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.
- Fed Up (Directed by Stephanie Soechtig)
- Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry aided by the U.S. government to mislead and confuse the American public. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history, the film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eat right is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. Including captivating interviews with the country’s leading experts, this vital information could change the way we eat forever.
- TFF: The Documentary
- TFF: The Documentary provides an inspirational glimpse into the motivations, ideas and impact of the next generation of innovators for food security.