08 Mar '12, 12pm

‘Cafeteria Man’ comes out swinging for better school lunches

‘Cafeteria Man’ comes out swinging for better school lunches

, a documentary from Baltimore cinematographer Richard Chisholm, is a whirlwind look at Geraci’s tenure with the city’s schools. The film shows us snippets of the many ambitious projects the Cafeteria Man took on — from “breakfast boxes” that mask nutritious food with Happy Meal-like packaging, to class tours and student apprenticeships at a local farm, to Geraci’s frustrated attempt to find funding for a central kitchen. The chaos of working within a large public school district like Baltimore’s certainly comes clear, and a scene of horrified high schoolers tasting raw oysters for the first time illustrates the disconnect so many of the students have from real food. But seeing first graders at the farm munching with fascination on clover and radishes shows how this kind of hands-on approach can begin to bridge that divide — maybe just at a slower pace than eager advocates...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/cafeteria-man-comes-out-swinging-fo...

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