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“Lunch Line”

Want to understand the history of the school lunch program and what’s going on with it today? Then you’ll want to see the documentary “Lunch Line”, for which The Lunch Tray is, fittingly enough, a sponsor:

Here’s a trailer of the film and a recent review from The Atlantic Monthly. The film makers, Uji Films, give this synopsis:

Lunch Line reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program’s surprising past, uncertain present, and possible future. In the film, six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago set out to fix school lunch and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a weak patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks key moments in school food and child nutrition from 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present – revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people realize.

The event will be held at The Health Museum and will begin at 6:30pm with a reception featuring local and organic refreshments. Immediately following the screening of the film, I’ll be introducing a panel discussion featuring the film makers along with celebrity chef Monica Pope (Bravo Top Chef Masters and a Food & Wine Best New Chef); Recipe for Success‘s Director of Operations, chef Molly Graham; and Brian Giles, General Manager of Houston ISD/Aramark Food Services. Lisa Brooks, a writer, teacher and public school parent, will moderate.

Admission and parking are free. You just have to be one of the first people to RSVP to secure a seat in the theater. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

The screening is this Thursday, October 28, with the film itself beginning at 7 PM. Enjoy!

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  1. Hey Charles –

    Very much appreciate your spreading the word about the Lunch Line event this Thursday, and also want to mention that the generous co-sponsor of the event is Applegate Farms. We’re almost at capacity but if folks RSVP and come early, it should be OK, given that a few who’ve RSVP’d may not show. We’re looking forward to an informative evening talking about the knotty problem of school food!


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