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NL pantry to show ‘American Winter’

NORTH LIBERTY– The community is invited to a free screening of the documentary “American Winter” on Thursday, March 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church hosted by the North Liberty Community Pantry. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion including local organization and community leaders. Light refreshments will be provided.
Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, “American Winter” documents the experiences of eight families struggling to meet their basic needs and turning to social services for assistance after facing unforeseen financial setbacks. Through the stories of these eight families, the impacts of rising poverty and economic insecurity for American families are explored, and the ramifications of America’s weakening social safety net are demonstrated.
The experiences of the families in this film are very similar to what many local families face every day. The North Liberty Community Pantry had a 10 percent increase in families requesting assistance in 2013. There was also an 18 percent increase in visits by families and a 30 percent increase in pounds of food and toiletries that were distributed. “More families are needing help, and families are needing more help,” said Executive Director Tina DuBois.
The mission of the North Liberty Community Pantry is to engage its community in feeding and clothing its neighbors. For additional information or questions, please contact Tina DuBois, at 319-626-2711 or email nlpantry@gmail.com. Website: www.northlibertycommunitypantry.org.