Community Action Movie Night on May 16


News release from CANI:

Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) and the Cinema Center Will Partner to Screen A Place at the Table and The Line for Community Action Movie Night on May 16

(April 30, 2013) – In order to highlight problems of poverty, growing economic inequality, and the need to bring millions of struggling families and individuals into the middle class, CANI will host Community Action Movie Night at the Cinema Center as part of National Community Action Month. National Community Action Month, held annually in May, highlights Community Action Agencies’ work helping millions of families and individuals escape poverty and achieve economic stability each year.

CANI will join Community Action Agencies across the country in hosting events and activities throughout May aimed at highlighting poverty problems and solutions. Due to the uncertain economic climate—still reeling from the Great Recession and high unemployment rates—Community Action Agencies feel it is critical to focus local, state, and national attention and efforts on helping impoverished people move into the middle class, creating jobs, and growing the economy.


Community Action Movie Night
A Place at the Table and The Line

Cinema Center
437 E. Berry St. Fort Wayne, IN

May 16, 2013
6:30 pm – Movies
8:30 pm – Dessert reception and discussion

$10 per person (tickets available at the door)


A Place at the Table 50 million people in the U.S.-one in four children-don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity.

The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line.


“We want to call attention to increasing poverty problems and financial difficulties many in our community are facing,” said CANI President/CEO Steve Hoffman. “For the past few years, we’ve been dealing with the weak economy that is creating unemployment for millions of people, many of them low-income. This is what creates economic inequality—if you don’t give vulnerable Americans resources and opportunities to succeed economically, they will continue to live in poverty.”

The national office of the Community Action Partnership designates May as National Community Action Month to recognize Community Action Agencies’ work fighting poverty on the local level. Each year, Community Action Agencies help 20 million Americans achieve financial stability through programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, financial education, housing, and energy assistance.

“CANI creates opportunities for people to thrive and prosper personally and economically through a variety of programs and services that encourage financial literacy, help people complete their education, pay for childcare, receive job training and purchase a home”, said Hoffman. “Our program participants were already finding it difficult to make ends meet, but the Great Recession and the challenging economy have exacerbated the situation. CANI’s services are needed now more than ever in order to help people escape poverty and have a chance to enter the middle class.”

CANI helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. For more information about CANI and the services provided, see


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