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Faces of Hunger Presents Student Film Contest at Action Center to End World Hunger, NYC Where Winners Will be Announced

New York, NY, December 16, 2009 --( Palms for Life Fund (*), will be holding a public screening to choose the winners of the 2009 Faces of Hunger in America film contest on December 21, from 3 to 5pm, at the Action Center to End World Hunger in Battery Park, New York City.

In attendance will be Master of Ceremonies Xenia Siamas, ambassador for Palms For Life Fund, as well as an esteemed panel of judges: Joel Berg head of New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Janet Poppendieck Professor at Hunter College and author of "Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement," and of "Free for All: Fixing School Food in America," Richard Deckelbaum, Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz ("Valentino"), and the Maysles Institute program co-directors, Phillip Maysles and Jessica Green.

The contest challenged young filmmakers 25 years of age and under, to produce a short film depicting hunger in their local communities all across America. A total of 14 films were pre-selected and posted on, for online voting until December 4th. The films received 58,000 views and got over 30,000 votes.

"Hunger is literally in our faces. While the charitable response is necessary because hunger cannot wait, we need to go further and address the root causes of this epidemic. We need to address all the factors that prevent people from accessing the food they need, as a basic human right. And we're not just speaking about the plight of homeless Americans: the largest number of food insecure people in the US are single mothers, and working people," said Hannah Laufer-Rottman, Executive Director of Palms For Life Fund which sponsors the contest.

"We are so grateful to the Action Center to End World Hunger for hosting the screening," said Laufer-Rottman. The Action Center is a cornerstone of Mercy Corps' Global Engagement Initiative and was designed by Ed Schlossberg and his team at ESI Design in order to provide an environment to focus on hunger, as a manifestation of poverty.

Organizers have opened this screening to the interested public. R.S.V.P. with your name and number of persons attending to

...because hunger is everyone's business

(*) Palms for Life Fund is a public charity (501(c)(3)) dedicated to eliminating poverty worldwide by investing in high-quality sustainable health and education projects. Palms for Life works in Africa, Asia and Latin America with reputable local partners to feed, educate and empower those living in impoverished conditions. For more information on Palms for Life Fund, go to

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