Food for Thought

Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:58pm

Edutainment powerhouse Food Network and food-obsessed philanthropists Share Our Strength have teamed up on a new documentary, “Hunger Hits Home,” that they plan to spoon-feed to Washington, D.C., later this month.

The documentary will premiere at 8 p.m. on April 17 on the Food Network. The D.C. screening will take place at the Capitol Visitor Center on March 27.

The movie tracks the daily trials of three food-insecure families: a cash-strapped single dad from Allen, Texas; a malnourished family of six in Norfolk, Va.; and nutritionally challenged Brooklynites surviving in a food desert.

A Food Network spokesperson declined to comment on which D.C. notables have been invited to the Capitol Hill event but confirmed that “Semi-Homemade Cooking” host Sandra Lee would be on hand for the showing, as will “Down Home With the Neelys” co-host Pat Neely.

Lee, the unofficial first girlfriend of the Empire State (she lives with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo), has been active in SOS’ ongoing No Kid Hungry Campaign and its annual Great American Bake Sale for several years.

The film also celebrates a host of local “heroes,” including: SOS founder and CEO Bill Shore, who learned all about campaigning during his decade and a half on the Hill, serving former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.) and former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), who is again running for the Senate; and anti-hunger advocates Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

“With efforts large and small,” the press release says, “these people are helping to fulfill Share Our Strength’s commitment to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.”