Student-organized event highlights local food insecurity May 5

Four CSU students have helped organize a special event to highlight food insecurity in the Fort Collins community on May 5.

The “Lights, Camera, Take Action Film Festival and Contest” is being run by social work graduate student Mallory Andrews and three members of the President’s Leadership Program: senior chemistry major Lindsey Paricio, junior sociology major Haley Chatwin and senior theatre major Abigail Jordan. It will be held at 6 p.m. in CSU’s Behavioral Sciences Building, Room A101.

The film festival will showcase one long-format documentary while also highlighting local short films and photographs about food insecurity and poverty in the community. Sponsored by the FoCo Cafe and CSU Swipe Out Hunger, the festival is intended to bring together community members and the network of food insecurity organizations that tackle issues in the Fort Collins area. Additionally, the festival aims to raise awareness about issues like food insecurity, food justice, poverty, homelessness, food equality and access to healthy eating. 

Panel discussion

There will be a panel discussion following the showing of the films, featuring representatives from local hunger and poverty prevention organizations, including CSU’s Rams Against Hunger.

The feature film, The Starfish Throwers, showcases a five-star chef, a 12-year-old girl and a retired schoolteacher as they discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Local contest categories include Youth, College, Community and Photography.

For more information on the festival, visit the festival website. Tickets are available at

Bring friends, family and colleagues to experience this student-organized event to address one of the primary issues facing Fort Collins. The event seeks to shine the light on a variety of perspectives and empower the community to make change.

Other event sponsors include the Downtown Business Association, the Midtown Arts Center, Heart of the Rockies, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Photography by Kimberly and the Frontier Print Center.