While some may wax nostalgic over the peculiar texture found only in the salisbury steak of our formative years, two self-proclaimed “angry” moms are doing more than their part to save the school lunch from its current state of despair. After being banned from her daughter’s school cafeteria, where the only fresh, whole foods were found in home-packed, insulated totes, Susan Rubin and her pal Amy Kalafa embarked on a mission to educate and inspire those who remain at the frontline of the school food crisis: the moms. They have used film as their medium (a hybrid expose/how-to) to look inside the perilous system and highlight the potential positive ripple-effect that only a home-grown, truly reformed, nutritious school food menu could have. While the film is temporarily caught in distribution deals, the moms encourage all who support the fight for a “slow” school menu and healthier kids to host a screening in their community, getting folks appropriately “angry” and inspired for change.
Details on the message and the movement, along with great resources to get started on your own uprising can be found on their website.
For a concise assessment of the dismal school lunch situation and how it got that way, see Tom Philpott’s article in Grist.