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Cafeterian Man Screening at Maryland Film Festival

Cafeterian Man Screening at Maryland Film Festival

Check out the trailer above.

Cafeteria Man Film Screening
May 8, 2011, 05:00 PM
MICA Brown Center

From the Maryland Film Festival Film Guide:

Anyone who has ever experienced a public-school lunch knows that it can be a harrowing mealtime experience. Grade-D mystery-meat sandwiches, pizza that tastes and smells not unlike band-aids, and mercilessly reheated turkey ‘breast” with unnaturally brown gravy are among the better offerings at a standard school lunch. Shouldn’t schools be teaching our children how to eat properly and not helping them junk up their diets? As the old late night infomercial used to say, “There’s got to be a better way!”

Enter New Orleans chef Tony Geraci, the man with a plan and vision to bring healthy, green and locally grown whole foods to Baltimore City school cafeterias. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Well, it’s not as easily accomplished as it sounds. Baltimore filmmaker Richard Chisolm’s expertly crafted documentary, co-produced with Sheila Kinkade and David Grossbach, leads us through the trials and tribulations of a dedicated group of citizens led by Geraci who are on a mission to revolutionize Baltimore City’s school lunch program. Tony has friends in high places, but will it be enough to turn the tides of school-food bureaucracy—not to mention 50-plus years of backwards thinking regarding what constitutes a healthy school lunch?  (J. Scott Braid)

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This reminds me of Jamie Oliver’s attempt to reform the school lunch program in Huntington, West Virginia, on of the sickest, most obese towns in the U.S.. He was met with lots of resistance. Those beautiful healthy lunches went straight into the trash which was heartbreaking and frustrating. I love Jamie, his passion and his work tremendously . . . but we need to educate the parents about nutrition first, get fresh food into their hands, teach them how to cook it and how to weave it into their everyday lives before any kid will be excited about seeing healthy lunch at school. Even before that, we need to reform our medical system so that nutrition is taught in medical school, and doctors know how to counsel patients about nutrition. (Most people still look to their doctors as the ultimate font of knowledge of all things health-related.) Our government agencies are more of a hindrance with regard to obesity and chronic disease rather than a help. They seem to be very protective of the food industry (which is not vested in our health at all) and of a medical system that says nutrition doesn’t make a difference. Our health challenges require a multi-faceted approach! Ground-level (educating parents directly) but also ‘top-down’ (macro-level).

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