Food for Change

"Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America," produced by Steve Alves, will be screened at Hood College on Friday.

Hood College will bring food for thought to a screening of "Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America" on Friday.

The 82-minute documentary explores the role of food co-ops and their influence on organic food and regional food systems. Produced and directed by Steve Alves, "Food for Change" took seven years to complete and explores the historical significance of food co-ops during the Great Depression and 1960s civil rights movement.

The film wraps up with a look at present-day efforts of farmers to regain control of their local food economies.

Common Market and the Frederick Food Security Network at Hood College have teamed up to bring the film to campus and build on the school's past research and work on food insecurity in the city of Frederick.

The showing is part of 58 screenings in 27 states this October in recognition of Co-op Month, Alves said.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. Admission is free for students and $5 for community members. All proceeds will be donated to the Frederick Food Security Network.

Follow Samantha Hogan on Twitter: @SAHogan.

Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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