PBS World to broadcast Hunger documentary in April
The documentary program, Hunger in the Valley of Plenty, which looks at the paradox of food access and poor nutrition in California’s agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, will be broadcast nationally on the PBS World channel on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9 pm Eastern time. Check local listings for exact dates and times in your area.
Considered to be one of the most productive farm regions in the world, about one-quarter of the population in the Central Valley struggles to find healthy food to eat on a daily basis. The program paints an intimate portrait of the way families with limited means cope with issues of poor nutrition, obesity and diabetes. It also explores the people and organizations fighting to inject local fresh produce into the emergency food system and school lunch programs.
The three-part, 30-minute program, a co-production with KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting, was produced by Scott Anger, founder and creative director at Pandau, and was reported by Sasha Khokha and Natasha Del Toro. A short radio series by Khokha, the Central Valley bureau chief for KQED’s ‘The California Report‘ radio program, accompanied the film and was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio.
Del Toro’s previous work for TIME Magazine in California’s Central Valley resulted in American Realities, a project documenting poverty in America through in-depth interviews and photography. A section of the project examines Fresno, the largest city in the San Joaquin Valley.