Cafeteria Man

Through a behind-the-scenes look at chef Tony Geraci as he revamps school food programs in Baltimore and Memphis, this documentary provides insight into the positive transformations that can take place in a community.

The film does a good job of addressing key issues in childhood obesity and the importance of school food nutrition, and it's inspirational to see positive impact of programs. Focusing on locally grown nutritious fruits and vegetables, the story highlights gardens maintained by students, after-school meal programs and other community activities — in addition to overcoming some of the challenges that can come with change.

By watching this film, the average viewer would likely gain insight into the positive school food changes that are taking place across the country. However, other than a brief mention of a dietitian, it is disappointing that the movie did not include any registered dietitian nutritionists — many of whom specialize in school nutrition and improve the health school children with integrity, innovation and social responsibility.

Vandana Sheth
Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, is a National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and works with individuals, groups, community organizations and schools — focusing on diabetes, food allergies, obesity and weight management, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular nutrition, and disease prevention.