Harnessing the Power of Film to address Food Insecurity

Partners for Health is proud to sponsor the 2020 Montclair Film Festival being held from October 16-25.  Films and conversations will be available on-demand through “Virtual Cinema” and at “Carpool Theater” drive-in events.

The Foundation’s partnership with Montclair Film provides unique opportunities to harness the power of film to inspire conversations that fuel change.  This year, we are co-presenting HUNGRY TO LEARN, a documentary about hunger on college campuses, where students are so strapped to pay tuition that they don’t have enough money to eat. Shot in part on the campus of Montclair State University, HUNGRY TO LEARN tells the story of four college students facing hunger and homelessness and how their dreams of success, college degrees, and food security at school remain just beyond their reach.

HUNGRY TO LEARN also serves as a springboard for a conversation about food insecurity in New Jersey.  With the COVID-19 pandemic having an outsized economic impact on families and communities in need, the demand for support to end food security is at record levels. This timely and important panel discussion will address food insecurity and advocacy efforts to address hunger.

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Panel Discussion: Food Insecurity in New Jersey


John Mooney,
Founding Editor and Executive Director of NJ Spotlight News

John Mooney is the founding editor of NJ Spotlight, starting the news site in 2009 after more than 30 years in print journalism. Before NJ Spotlight, John was an education reporter with the Newark Star-Ledger and the Bergen Record and a contributing writer for The New York Times.


Anne Mernin,
Executive Director of Toni’s Kitchen

Anne Mernin is the Executive Director of Toni’s Kitchen, a food ministry of St. Luke’s Church in Montclair.  Prior to joining Toni’s Kitchen, Anne worked as a management consultant in the private sector.

Adele LaTourette, Director of the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition

Adele has led Hunger Free New Jersey since its inception in 1980. She is the leading voice in New Jersey’s anti-hunger and nutrition community and serves as a resource to emergency food coalitions throughout the state. Adele’s leadership has earned her state and national recognition. 

Elisa Neira,
Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services

Elisa Neira oversees the Division of Family Development, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Division of Disability Services.

Both Hungry to Learn and the panel discussion will be available on-demand starting Saturday, October 17.  

View the Program Guide for the 2020 Montclair Film Festival