Mario Batale and “Top Chef” Judge Producing “Hungry in America” Documentary

Currently in production, “Hungry in America” explores why nearly 49 million Americans – including 17 million children go hungry here–and features two well known names in the food world.

Super chef Mario Batali and “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio have joined as producers with Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson on the feature-length documentary which is about 20% completed. The producers have joined with FEED Foundation and hope to use the film–set for release in 2011–to lobby Congress

Silverbush told the Los Angeles Times:

In a country as wealthy as ours, it’s amazing that so many people are going without. Forty-nine million people go hungry each day, 17 million of which are children. The effect on the productivity of our society is extremely negative. And it’s largely due to mismanagement of resources rather than scarcity.

The LA Times reports there re will be a kickoff event for the Hungry in America Project at Craft Los Angeles in late February.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.