'Lunch Line' dishes on school lunch program

July 14, 2010 9:16:12 AM PDT
A new film follows six Chicago students who want to make their school lunches better. In the documentary "Lunch Line," the high school students enter a cooking contest to create a school lunch that exceeds the United States Department of Agriculture standards and keeps the cost at $1 per meal, which is the average spent on food per child in the National School Lunch program.

The documentary follows the teenagers from Tilden Career Community Academy High School to Washington, where they tour the White House and their winning meal is served to congressional leaders.

"Lunch Line," presented by Applegate Farms ( www.applegatefarms.com), looks at the government's National School Lunch Program, which feeds 31 million children a day in the USA.

The film, which was directed by Michael Graziano and Ernie Park of Uji Films, will be screened on Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street in Chicago. It'll be followed by a panel discussion with the students in the film.

Filmakers said they wanted to showcase the childhood obesity epidemic, an issue that First Lady Michelle Obama has also taken on by creating the Let's Move Campaign, letsmove.gov, to change the way kids think of food and nutrition. The first lady's initiative was announced in February 2010. In April 2010, Chicago Public Schools got involved, announcing changes in school kitchens.


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