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Yuck, an expose about NYC’s public school lunches

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 15, 2013

Fourth-grader Zachary Maxwell is making a short documentary film about the lunch program at his New York City public school. It’s called Yuck.

In the fall of 2011, fourth grader Zachary Maxwell began asking his parents if he could start packing and bringing his own lunch to school. Unfortunately, they kept insisting that he take advantage of the hot lunch being served at the school. After all, the online menu sounded delicious and the NYC Department of Education (DOE) website assured parents that the meals were nutritious. Zachary wanted to convince his parents that the online menu did not accurately represent what was really being served at his school.

Here’s a short clip in which Zachary compares the special salads concocted by celebrity chefs Rachael Ray and Ellie Krieger for use in NYC public schools to the sad reality.

This is awesome. I mean, the lunches aren’t awesome, but Zachary is.

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