Want To See Something Really Gross?
With the end of the academic year upon us, kids everywhere will be escaping the confines of their schools and, thus, the horror that is cafeteria lunches. Most fourth graders choke down the food, as it is their only means of getting outside quickly for recess. But luckily for documentary enthusiasts and elementary school gastronomes alike, 11-year-old Zachary Maxwell is not most fourth graders.
In the fall of 2011, the New York City public school student became fed up with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), claiming that the meals they provided didn’t live up to their lofty descriptions in the online menu. In response, Maxwell snuck a video camera into school periodically over the next six months in order to document the true nature of the school lunches. The resulting film, titled Yuck, has blown up since its release, garnering accolades from critics and screenings at film festivals, including the Manhattan Film Festival.
Since then, the DOE has visited Zachary’s school in the Little Italy section of Manhattan. Officials from the department claim to “provide students with healthy and delicious school meals that are low in fat, sodium and calories.” While healthful meals are important for the well-being of our children, it is more important that they actually eat the food so that they may have the energy for learning. Perhaps Zachary’s impressive film is a step towards a more delicious school lunch.
Check out the trailer for the film here:
Trailer: Yuck - A 4th Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch from Maxwell Project on Vimeo.