Posted by Sheryl Julian March 29, 2010 08:05 PM
British chef Jamie Oliver went to Huntington, W. Va. to fix the school lunch program and tackle the obesity issues. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which airs on ABC on Fridays, shows just how awful the problem is: how little the school lunch ladies are willing to do to improve the food (and their hands are tied by awful USDA regulations; at one point, a school official scolds Oliver because he's serving the kids rice and there's no second starch); how little the kids know about anything that resembles a vegetable; how reluctant Moms are to take away the foods their kids like.
It's heartbreaking and Oliver is passionate about his subject. He has kids of his own and he's been working with British schools for seven years. Yes, this is something akin to reality TV but most of us don't really know what's going on in a lunch room kitchen and this is quite a view. If you can stomach it.
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