CCWVa and Appalachian Institute Host Film Screening and Panel Discussion...

...with Special Guest W.Va. Senate Majority Leader John Unger

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WEST VIRGINIA – Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) and the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University are hosting a film screening and community dialogue session with featured guest, West Virginia Senate Majority Leader John Unger. "A Place at the Table" film screening will take place Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the National Technology Transfer Center Auditorium at WJU.

"A Place at the Table" is a documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans and proposed solutions to the problem. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity. Along with the film screening, a brief panel discussion and action steps will highlight local programs that the community can become involved in.

CCWVa provides statewide services and programs that strive to reduce poverty and hunger. These vital services create hope for a better tomorrow. CCWVa puts emphasis on community collaboration and works in conjunction with local churches, community organizations and local government agencies to meet these critical needs. CCWVa Northern Regional Director Erin McDonald stated, "This partnership between the Appalachian Institute, Catholic Charities WV and Sen. Unger's office is critical in the process of bringing people together to address the issues of hunger and malnutrition in West Virginia. It is our responsibility, as a community, to respond to this problem. It is our hope that on Sept. 26 we can raise awareness among community members and motivate people to establish clear action steps to be carried out in the coming months."

The Appalachian Institute's mission is to work toward the goal of safer, healthier and stronger communities in the central Appalachian region and beyond by initiating and partnering on initiatives that address contemporary challenges and issues. Appalachian Institute Director Elizabeth Collins said, "The Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University is committed to educating community members on crucial needs in the region and the issue of food security is a major problem nationally and locally. The issues of quality food, the importance of foods that are high in nutritional value, not just empty calories are critical in a region that has a long history of poverty related health and weight problems. The Appalachian Institute hopes that viewing this documentary and the community dialogue following will encourage others to join the local healthy foods movement to help enrich the lives and health of those in our local communities."

For more information, contact McDonald at (304) 748-4409 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Beth Collins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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