Hunger in America

“America has a hunger problem? Are you kidding me? Have you seen The Biggest Loser?” I hear you say.

Maybe hunger isn’t a word that usually springs to mind when you think of the US, the nation that gave us modern-day fast food joints and fat-busting TV shows.

But Finding North, a feature-length doc which had its UK premiere at Sundance London, is set to change that.

A mix of touching personal stories, shocking statistics, and expert interviews, the film examines the paradox of widespread hunger in the world’s wealthiest nation.

I met up with directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverman at Sundance London where they told me how surprised people were by the subject of their film.

Want some stats? 49 million people in the US – nearly 30% of families and one in four children – are food insecure, which means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

The problem isn’t lack of food, but lack of money, which raises issues of power, class, and the enormous farm subsidies paid out every year that keep processed foods cheap and fresh foods expensive. For more info, check out the Finding North campaign