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Jan 17, 2008 06:33 PM

Two Angry Moms - a documentary

I just went to a screening of the documentary "Two Angry Moms." It focuses on the lunches served in schools and basically how unhealthy they are. The film documents following The Moms around for a year and their efforts to help correct the problem. It also gives steps to help change the school lunches in your own kids' schools. A very eye-opening film. Check out a clip here

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  1. Wow - thanks for this.

    1. I truly respect the work these two are doing to improve the quality of food served in school cafeterias.

      Even when you think your kids are making healthy choices at lunchtime, chances are they aren't.

      Here's another article about Amy Kalafa, one of the Angry Moms.

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        They do make their lunches for their kids. They are trying to help with the bigger problem.

      2. Why don't these angry moms make their kids' lunches for them?

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        1. re: southernitalian

          "Why don't these angry moms make their kids' lunches for them?"

          I would guess because they're concerned about other people's kids, too. There are many families out there that cannot afford to pack lunches for their children, and for some, this school lunch is their main meal of the day.

          I would also venture a guess that there's a correlation between quality of school lunch/snacks and students' academic performance.

          1. re: southernitalian

            According to the article, Amy Kalafa does make her kid's lunch for her.
            It's more of a crusade. And I think it has some merit. Have you ever had lunch at your child's school? I did when my kids were younger, and the junk food was far more pervasive than I expected. I packed lunch for my kids whenever I could.

          2. Aside for the enconomical benefit, another reason to go back to packing a lunch.

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            1. re: Tay

              Actually, many low-income families receive free breakfast and lunch through the schools. In these cases, packing a lunch is less cost-effective. All the more reason to seek out reform in the school lunch program.

            2. Also just to point out, the school I went to (a private school where lunch was part of the tuition) did not allow you to bring a pack lunch. Granted this was many years ago but still.

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              1. re: emmyru

                I went to private school as well. If a parent wants to send lunch from home, the school will not prevent it. Of course, they may still choose to charge for lunch as part of the tuition package. Some private schools now issue a sort of debit card that parents can 'load' .with a specific amount of money and the child has his/her purchases deducted from the card.

                1. re: Tay

                  Both of my children attend a small private school. They were not allowed to bring a sack lunch until they reached kindergarten--I'll bet to simplify lunchtime for the teachers, as the students eat in their classrooms. Fortunately, the parents have spoken at this school, and the lunches are respectable.

                  1. re: Tay

                    tay, i'm sure it depends on the school. i went to a private school, and bringing your own lunch was strictly prohibited unless there were severe allergy issues. if a monitor saw you eating anything that didn't come from the cafeteria line or the mott's juice vending machine, then you'd get written up. personally, i would have eaten healthier had i been able to bring my own food.