Austin residents are invited to a free screening on June 26 of Soul Food Junkies, a story about the upsides and downsides of one of America’s most popular types of ethnic cuisines and how to boost access to more fresh and healthy food in the community.
Besides the film, there will be a cooking demonstration, giveaways, and discussions about food options in the Austin community, including community gardens. The event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Kehrein Center For The Arts, 5628 West Washington Boulevard in Chicago.
Tickets are required for the in-person screening and are available at this link. Seating will be limited, as the center will host only 25 percent of its usual capacity, and all COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the use of masks and social distancing.
While the live event is aimed at residents of the Austin community, a virtual viewing of the film is open to anyone. This link lets people sign up for the virtual viewing; after you sign up, look for an email for a link to watch the event at the same time, 3 p.m.
The free viewing is part of Austin Eats, which is outlining plans to change the food landscape and rewrite the narrative around food in Austin. Its focus includes emergency food distribution, grocery access, culinary entrepreneurship, food education, community gardens and urban farms, and marketing.
The event is hosted by Austin Coming Together, a nonprofit organization that provides backbone support to a network of other nonprofit, faith-based, public, and private groups in the Austin community, and the One Earth Film Festival, the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival.