Stars share stories, demand action to end hunger

If you want to end hunger in America, you’re in good company.

This week, dozens of artists, advocates, and high-profile chefs are coming together to demand action from our elected leaders to make sure everyone gets the food they need to thrive.

In a compelling series of photos and stories, these stars talk about how getting the right nutrition from an early age made it possible for them to live their dreams. And by sharing their stories, they hope to build support for everyone’s right to healthy food.

Over the next six months, photos of over 20 celebrities, including John Leguizamo, Julianna Margulies, Josh Lucas, Questlove, Christian Siriano, Jarobi White, Edie Falco, Joseph Arthur, Sarah Jones, Zainab Salbi, Ted Allen, Rosie Perez, Waris Ahluwalia, Alexander Smalls, Michael Kelly, James Connolly, Jon Gray, Tom Colicchio, Jonathan Safran Foer, and others will be placed in digital ads, on social media channels, and profiled on our website.

The stories make it clear that we all need to take action to get our leaders focused on ending hunger. When our leaders make this critical issue a priority, and prevent hunger from holding anyone back, it will unlock the potential of millions of Americans.

This campaign matters for everyone. It’s for people who might never stand in a spotlight or walk a red carpet, and people who dream of being artists but can’t think ahead beyond worrying about where their next meal will come from. It matters for tomorrow’s Juliannas and Questloves. And it matters for anyone who might be out of a job, but not out of hope — anyone who could still bounce back if they could just focus on something besides their rumbling stomach.

This campaign matters for all of the future astronauts, advocates, teachers, parents, grandparents, and neighbors who will continue to contribute American communities. Everyone needs healthy food to live up to their full potential.

If you’re ready to join the long list of Americans who want to end hunger, add your name here.

Check out these quotes from a few of the storytellers behind the campaign about why they got involved:

“In the land of plenty, it is unacceptable that one in seven Americans go hungry every day. I am part of this campaign because I believe more can and must be done to solve hunger and prevent drastic cuts to SNAP and the nutrition assistance programs that people rely on for basic and life-sustaining nutrition. I hope A Place At The Table’s campaign jolts more people into action, like it has me, in order to change the conversation and help solve hunger in our nation.”

- Michael Kelly, actor and co-star in House of Cards

“Hunger is a complex problem, but history shows it can be solved if our leaders make it a priority — we’ve done it before. This ad campaign seeks to galvanize a new energy around ending hunger while fostering solutions to make nutrition more affordable and accessible.”

- Tom Colicchio, co-founder of Food Policy Action Education Fund, the organization managing A Place At The Table.

“I am honored to be part of this fight to end hunger, fuel America’s potential, and prevent drastic cuts to the critical SNAP program. We must step up to change the conversation and perception of hunger to fix the problem. We are all better off when we — and our neighbors — have enough food to eat.”

- Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International

“Nearly 16 million American households — including over 13 million children — face hunger. A Place At The Table is dedicated to building the public will required to support the public and private policies that can end hunger. A Place At The Table wants Americans to know that in order for people to live up to their potential, they must have adequate nutrition. We created this entire campaign to be bold. It had to be something that made people understand that in the end, hunger affects us all.”

- Lori Silverbush, producer of the documentary A Place At The Table.

“So many great and passionate people were part of this project, and this just seemed truly important to do right now at this moment. I wanted the shots to feel like a really soulful portrait and reflect how we can all use our reach to do good.”

- Danny Clinch, award-winning photographer

Here’s where A Place At The Table has been and where we’re going:

In January, A Place At The Table kicked off its PSA campaign featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama and working Americans struggling with hunger. Going forward, A Place At The Table will be rolling out more bold campaigns to solve hunger. In addition to ads with celebrities, the campaign plans to feature veterans, armed service members, students, families, seniors, and Americans from all walks of life.

Add your name here to join the movement to end hunger in America.

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