Having A Plan

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Dom: Pictures, Notes, Shooting

Mike: Editing, Shooting

Rene: Pictures, Interviews, Shooting

* We can all take turns using the camera if anyone feels uncomfortable, since we all have some experience in using one.

Mission Statement:

The overall purpose of this video is to shine a light on the good works that these neighboring churches do especially Piney Grove Baptist church. The specific goals in telling this story is to do a profile on Piney Grove Baptist and get a deeper look at what they have contributed to community over the years and what they plan on doing in the future.

The components needed will be  pictures of the church and the food supply they keep along with pictures of their daycare center. Interviews with Pastor Robert H. Paul and Victoria Wilmore, who is in charge of the daycare center. Video footage will also be needed to tell Piney Grove’s story and their work with La Salle University and the community.

Once all of the research is conducted and we have gathered all the information and footage we need it should be easy to pick and choose the right parts to tell a great story.

Interviews

Questions for Reverend Robert H. Paul:

1. How long have you been the pastor of this church and has there been any beneficial changes made since you’ve been here?

2. What does nutrition mean to you? Your definition.

3. How often does Piney Grove conduct food drives or other aids that help provide food for the area?

4. Was being one of seven hard? And did you ever feel that your parents struggled to prepare well balanced meals for you and your siblings?

5. If yes, why/how and what were your meals like? Did you ever go hungry as a child?

6. Tell me more about your position as one of the Board of Directors of the Logan Improvement Association.

7. On the churches website it states that you and your wife have been married for 42 years. Does she support and also add to your decisions to the church and is she as active in the community as you are?

8. What does Piney Grove contribute to the community center across the street?

9. Do you think that families and individuals in the area will accept change if healthier food choices were available, why or why not?

10. How often do you work with other churches?

Questions for Victoria Willmore:

1. When did the daycare center open and have you always been in charge of it?

2. What is the range of ages of the children that attend the daycare?

3. Is the service provided free for the parents/guardians?

4. Do you provide Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner for the children or have a snack time? If yes, what do you serve them?

5. Do the children engage in any outside or indoor activities that allow them to be active and promote exercise?

6. Are the other employees that help you with the children?

7. How do you feel about the food choices in this neighborhood?

8. Have you ever noticed any changes in behavior or moodiness in any of the children because of what they eat? If yes, then ask for an example.

9. What are your hopes for Piney Grove in the future?

10. Do you feel like Piney Grove does its part by helping the community? If yes, how?

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A Place at the Table (Review)

The movie A Place at the Table was just released this past Friday, March 1, 2013. This compelling documentary tells the story of 50 million American that struggle on a day-to-day basis to provide food for themselves and their loved ones. America is one of the richest countries in the world and yet has to battle hunger. Americans and the government are in denial and are turning a blind eye on what society really needs, nutrition. Jeff Bridges who helped with the documentary and leads multiple organizations in aid of ending world hunger especially in America. “People are ashamed of acknowledging and so is the government. We’re in denial” said Bridges. The documentary talks about food insecurity which is when people are not sure of where their next meal is coming from and also food deserts which are places with barely any access to healthy foods. The follows people in three different states, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi. Mississippi being the highest rated place of food insecurity and obesity according to the documentary.

In Colorado, there is a young girl named Rosie that is in the fifth grade and is living in poverty. Her teacher and local pastor try and help the people of the community by providing food bags and warm meals after school. The teacher often feels bad giving families the food bags because they mostly contain starches and foods full of sugar, but she says that some effort is better than none. Rosie lives with six other people in her house and it is hard for them to make food last. Her mother works at a local restaurant making only $121.00 every two weeks. Hunger is prevalent in their town and the people are desperate. Hunger has affected Rosie’s academics and her ability to focus. Rosie’s dream is to be on the honor roll and for her future children not to live in the conditions that she does.

Next, there is Barbie from Philadelphia who is raising her two young children. Barbie has been out of work for sometime now and is getting help from the state. Although she is getting food stamps there is not enough money on those cards to help her give her children adequate food. Her youngest child Aidan is suffering from speech delay and other illnesses because of his poor nutrition. Barbie and other mothers from the area went with a doctor to lobby at one of congress’s meetings to share their experiences and their desperate need for help. Barbie now has a full-time job but it is still not enough to support and feed her herself let alone her children.

In Mississippi, there was a second grade teacher named Odessa, who was just diagnosed with diabetes last year. She wants to help her students understand what healthy eating is and what choices they can make when they go to the supermarket with their parents. She introduced honeydew to her students and they all enjoyed the experience and the taste. Education is key to helping the youth.

The government is taking money out of these programs to fund other things. Nutrition for America’s children and families should be a main priority in order to have a thriving country. Charity is not going to solve the problem. This documentary is very educational and moving and helps individuals see what is going on in America. This documentary makes individuals aware and shows that hunger us real, not only abroad but in our backyard.