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Cafeteria Man

Runtime: 56m 52s | Release date: 2014

This film features: Michael Pollan.

Cafeteria Man is a story of a positive movement that shows what's possible in our nation's schools. It's about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It's about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it's the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen.

The feature documentary film chronicles an ambitious effort to 'green' the public school diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore - and later, over 200,000 students in Memphis.

Tony Geraci

Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally grown, freshly prepared meals is Tony Geraci, food-service director for the city's public schools. A charismatic chef from New Orleans, Geraci's bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student-designed meals, and nutrition education in the classroom. His mission is as audacious as it is practical.

"This has never been done before," affirms Geraci, "but it makes perfect sense."

The film follows Tony Geraci, as a central character, introducing audiences to the dynamic assortment of human ingredients necessary for school food reform efforts to succeed.

Among the protagonists in this story are parents, teachers, administrators, farmers, chefs, and dozens of creative and motivated students. Their collective efforts are proof positive that a 'village' is indeed required to transform school food.

Over the course of several years, the film traces efforts to make healthy, nutritious meals available to all the city's students. Viewers watch as inner city youth plant and harvest vegetables at the school system's 33-acre teaching farm, now a national model. They witness what it takes to get local produce on school plates and they watch as high school seniors develop practical job skills through a new citywide culinary vocational training program.

"If Tony makes this happen here the way he wants to, I think you'll see this happening all over the country," says best-selling author and food activist, Michael Pollan in the film.

Featuring:
Tony Geraci
Michael Pollan

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Jo Bottomley | 1 month ago
Great film!!!!....glad to see some progress. Hopefully we see this spread throughout all countries.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 month ago
We hope so too, Jo :) Thanks for watching! ~ Iris
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Becky Harvey | 10 months, 1 week ago
Sorry, Meant: This **IS ..... My Prayer! And Blessings Forward
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Becky Harvey | 10 months, 1 week ago
Awesome! It may be a year later I've viewed this yet think this man is genius in what he's moved forward with these young people to accomplish for school
Cafeteria food! I just Wonder--Now with Trump where this huge accomplishment in good school good will thrive! May Trump
Still support this isn't Prayer! Blessings I'm afull supporter!
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alex | 1 year, 11 months ago
Excellent!!! Thank you Geraci.
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Darcy | 2 years, 2 months ago
Excellent in every way - this man is incredible! And watching these children become engaged and excited about "real food," as well as the children who had the courage and perseverance to challenge the school system and demand nutritious lunches, touched me deeply. This needs to be happening in every school district - children have a right to real, whole food. If we are going to mandate they be in school for 18 years of their life, then we have an obligation to feed them high-quality food during that time and to educate them properly about it, both in the classroom and hands-on in school gardens.
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Derek | 2 years, 2 months ago
Geraci is a much better presenter than Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver is just whiny and annoying!
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Rebecca Stewart | 2 years, 7 months ago
I found this documentary incredibly interesting and inspiring because you could really see that the young people were experiencing a new way to approach food! I wonder how these programs are doing now that a couple of years have passed.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 7 months ago
Thank you for your lovely feedback, Rebecca! :-)
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michael Edwards | 2 years, 8 months ago
Great documentary. I wish that those initiatives could be implemented in the UK as the school meals are so unhealthy
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