Yuck: A Fourth Grader Reveals What School Lunches Really Look Like

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When you were a grade school student, you probably complained about particularly bad school lunches to your parents or your friends, but fourth grader Zachary Maxwell didn’t stop there. He decided to bring a small video camera to school so he could show his parents what his school lunches really looked like — and then spent the next six months documenting the food served in his New York City lunchroom.

Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch is a 20-minute film about his undercover operation, examining the disconnect between the appealing, healthy meals described on the school board’s menus and the sad, soggy food actually served to students. On “Pizza Party Day,” for example, the menu promises an oven-baked pizza bagel and “Ellie Krieger’s Tri-Color Salad.” Instead students received a slice of regular cheese pizza, with nothing on the side.

You can see a short slideshow of Zachary’s lunches here:

Watch the trailer for the documentary below and keep an eye out for the film at a festival near you!

Learn more about the film: Yuck website

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