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Palms for Life Launches Faces of Hunger Film Competition

August 11, 2009

Palms for Life Fund, a U.S.-based charity committed to ending poverty worldwide, has launched an amazing film competition this year, Faces of Hunger in America, encouraging young filmmakers to document hunger and its devastating effects in their own communities.

“Over 36 million Americans are living in food insecurity – 12.4 million being children – and we want to bring this alarming reality to the attention of the public and the nation’s leaders,” says Hannah Laufer-Rottman, Executive Director and founder of Palms for Life Fund.

They will begin accepting submissions in less than 2 weeks, on August 24th, and continue accepting submissions until October 15th. Friends, families, supporters, hunger advocates, all will partake in the first round of online screening and voting beginning October 16th, World Food Day. After 20 finalists have emerged, the top winners will be chosen by an esteemed judging panel, including Richard J. Deckelbaum (Professor of Nutrition from Columbia University) and  Janet Poppendieck (author of “Sweet Charity? Emergency Food Aid and the End of Entitlement” and Professor of Sociology at Hunter College).

Top winners will receive $5,000, $3,500, and $1,500 cash awards.

To find out more about the contest, please visit the official website: and register for the mailing list if you are interested in participating in this project. For full press release, click here.

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