Cafeteria Man

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Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Chisolm, Richard. Cafeteria Man. Baltimore: Syndicado, 2011. HD, 65 min.

How can we reform school food programs so that they serve more nutritious and tasty meals for our kids, and are also more sustainable for our communities? Cafeteria Man is an inspiring portrayal of the possibilities, as well as the importance of local leadership from parents, students and administrators to help make change. Cafeteria Man follows chef Tony Geraci’s ambitious efforts in Baltimore City’s Public Schools, a large district that serves 83,000 students. Responding to student complaints, Geraci launched a sweeping, multi-faceted plan to transform not just what students eat, but their whole relationship to food. His vision included student-designed meals, locally sourced foods, nutrition education in the classroom, and school vegetable gardens. (Source: Official Press Kit)

© 2011 The Video Project. Trailer used with permission.

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Further readings: 
  • Jellinek, M. S., et al. "Relationship Between Hunger and Psychosocial Functioning in Low-Income American Children." Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry 37, no. 2 (1998): 163–70.
  • Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001.
  • Wilson, William Julius. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Second edition 2012.