Center for Environment & Bread Riot to Host Documentary on ‘Greening’ Public School Diet

03/18/14

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Bread Riot will host a screening of “Cafeteria Man” on Tuesday, March 18, at the Center facility on the Catawba campus.

Bread Riot, a non-profit food advocacy organization, will offer a tasting of local foods at 6 p.m. before the movie, which begins at 6:45. A panel discussion will follow with Dr. Chris Magryta of Salisbury Pediatrics and Kim Hurley, a child nutritionist with the Rowan Salisbury School System. 

“Cafeteria Man” is a documentary film chronicling an effort to “green” the public school diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore.

Tony Geraci, food-service director for the city’s public schools, is the driving force behind the effort to replace “pre-plated, processed foods with locally grown, freshly prepared meals,” according to the website. It describes Geraci as a “charismatic chef from New Orleans” whose “bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student-designed meals, meatless Mondays and nutrition education in the classroom.”

The film traces Geraci’s efforts over a two-year period to make nutritious meals available to Baltimore public school students. It chronicles young people from the inner city planting and harvesting vegetables at the school system’s 33-acre teaching farm. It also shows high school seniors developing practical job skills through a new citywide culinary vocational training program. 

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call 704.637.4727.

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