Vermont Technical College, BALE (Building a Local Economy) and Chandler Center for the Arts have partnered together to host a screening of Just Eat It, a documentary film about food waste in America that will be followed by an informal discussion, on Sunday, April 12 at 2pm in the Ester Mesh Room of Chandler in downtown Randolph.
In the U.S, one in ten people is food insecure, and we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. Yet, we throw nearly 50% our food in the trash.
In Just Eat It, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. The images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling, and what they find is truly shocking.
Featuring interviews with author, activist and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart, food waste expert Dana Gunders, and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.
A moderated, post-film discussion will include perspectives from local experts in our region from The Vermont Foodbank, the Community Kitchen Academy, and others. Admittance to the film is free, with donations gladly accepted at the door.
In order to broaden the scope of our audience, admittance to the event will be free (with optional donation at the door), which means we need to raise $550 to cover the film’s screening fees and Chandler’s operating fees for the evening. If you are able to donate any amount, it would go a long way toward getting this message out. All donations will be tax deductible.