School Lunches: What Are We Doing to Our Kids?

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food revolution


This blog carries many burdens. 

The main one is I can’t leave my house without NOT being recognized.

Thankfully, I’m getting used to this awkward and uncomfortable feeling (for the last time people… I look just like the cartoon… it’s just not that complicated).

Another is I constantly receive emails from people who want me to promote their products.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I will NOT schlep for your company.

I hope that’s clear enough.

No exceptions.

Unless you send me free stuff.

I have standards (I wear XL t-shirts in case you were wondering… and as it turns out, my standards are actually relatively low).

I just don’t feel comfortable capitalizing on the name (again, XL… and I’m still looking for a book and a movie deal… I have my fingers crossed that I will be played by one of the greatest actors of our generation, Mr. Morgan Freeman).

Until I get my big break (i.e. paid), I will continue passing on educationally related items that I believe will benefit the readers of this blog (and more importantly, students).

Today (or whenever you read this…), I want to share a new TV series about the food served by schools. 

It’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Sounds boring, but it isn’t.

Once you start watching, it’s hard to look away.

It’s like a car wreck.

If you watch just one TV series about lunch ladies… this is it.

His website describes the series (much better than I could) as being about how families eat, what kids get at school and why the diet of processed food and snacks is causing so many health and obesity problems.

The series was filmed in Huntington, West Virginia.

Jamie’s challenge was to see if he could get a whole community cooking again.

He worked with the school lunch ladies and local families to get everyone back in the kitchen and making tasty meals with fresh ingredients – no packets, no cheating. He’s started a Food Revolution: to get people all over America to reconnect with their food and change the way they eat.

Please take a few minutes and watch episodes 1 – 3 (you can watch the entire series on… which is free TV on the internet… welcome to 2010).

If you agree with the concept (and you will… unless you hate small children) click on the Food Revolution Badge and sign the petition in support of healthier school lunches.


Mr. Oliver hopes to collect enough signatures so the White House will allow him to deliver the petition to President Obama.

If enough people sign in support, he just might get the right people to listen.

Like the First Lady Michelle Obama.

And if she’s happy, everyone’s happy (at least that’s how it works at my house).

Enjoy (and prepare yourself to be shocked and disgusted) the first three episodes (and don’t forget to watch the rest on ABC or


Episode #1


Episode #2


Episode #3

I was kidding about Morgan Freeman playing me in a movie… he’s way too tall.

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8 Responses to “School Lunches: What Are We Doing to Our Kids?”

  1. nbrach
    on Apr 7th, 2010
    @ 5:03 pm

    I watched all three of these episodes on with your wonderful daughter, and I am changed forever. I see what he describes every single day as I walk through the cafeteria to pick up my students. I have been disgusted by what goes into the trashbins and the fact that these children are allowed to make choices about what they eat and what is thrown away, and that the choices they have available to them are equally disturbing.
    Thank you for “blogging” about this. Seriously.

  2. Olwyn Hughes
    on Apr 7th, 2010
    @ 6:07 pm

    Well, geez! You got me all excited to watch the episodes on only to find a black screen that tells me the video can only be streamed within the USA. Don’t you think that is a little selfish to keep all that free tv to yourselves?!?! I saw Jamie Oliver on Oprah talking about this show and it sounds really interesting.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Olwyn Hughes, Try ABC’s website…

  3. Christy
    on Apr 7th, 2010
    @ 7:48 pm

    I love that show, although I haven’t had a chance to watch episode 3 yet. The part in episode 2 where he says, “so they don’t use silverware from age 3 to age 10?” is both embarrassing (as an American and a teacher) and blindlingly illuminating.

  4. Tracey
    on Apr 8th, 2010
    @ 5:48 am

    I teach 5th grade and the food in our cafeteria is DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!! There has to be a way to make good, healthy food in an economical way. Our children are obese for a reason and if the parents aren’t going to feed them well then the schools have to! PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!

  5. Krista
    on Apr 8th, 2010
    @ 2:18 pm

    This too has been my rant for a good long time! In fact, in my blog (poor advertising I know) I referred to this same issue! It’s been a long time coming–but the change could do us some good!!! If you are bored, you can read my post at:
    Thanks for sharing my sentiments!

  6. Brett
    on Apr 9th, 2010
    @ 8:11 am

    Great show, but I’m leery of messing with school lunch…several years ago in North Dakota I moved our JH/HS from a traditional schedule to 90 minute block scheduling…one of only two districts in the whole state using block at that time…at our September board meeting we had a large crowd show up, I thought to complain about the change over to block scheduling….Oh, no!! They were mad because we had switched from 2% milk to 1% and skim!!! No lie, one mother accused me of starving her son and had a Doctors note stating that her son had to have 2% milk…school lunch can be a touchy issue!!

  7. Ann R.
    on Apr 20th, 2010
    @ 1:54 pm

    School lunches bad for you- go figure :(

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