We know all too well the complaints of kids about their school lunches since we’ve been there before, chomping through lukewarm and over-oiled pizza and mystery meat tacos with no veggies.
As The New York Times reports, young filmmaker Zachary Maxwell had enough of his New York City elementary school’s disgusting lunch options, so to prove to his parents that he should be allowed to take his own lunch to school instead of eat what was offered, he recorded his meals for six months. Zachary also did some investigative reporting, looking into the city’s Department of Education’s commitments about school lunches and proving their mission to be a complete failure.
“The city’s Department of Education says that it’s committed to providing ‘delicious and nutritious meals through their food service program.’ But the lunch being served at my school was nothing like what they were advertising on their website,” Zachary, now 11, says in the trailer.
Zachary’s film “Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch” has already won five major awards, including an Official Selection at the 2012 NYC Independent Film Festival and a Pick of the Flicks Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Kidz Filmz festival.
The New York Times also says that the film is set to be screened at the upcoming Manhattan Film Festival next month.
This is a huge achievement for such a young boy, so we congratulate Zachary for taking matters into his own hands and using his creativity to bring about change. We see the spark of a young investigative journalist in our midst!