4th Grader Makes Award-Winning Documentary About Gross School Lunches

Mystery meat is finally revealed in its full slimy glory, thanks to the investigative reporting skills of an 11-year-old.

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Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch explores the depravity of our nation's school lunch programs through the eyes of Zachary Maxwell, a spritely fourth grader. Specifically, it juxtaposes what is advertised in school lunches, versus what is actually served. It ain't pretty.

The 20-minute documentary has already won several film festival awards, and will screen at the Manhattan Film Festival next month. Watch your back, Michael Moore.

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Seeing as a good chunk of U.S. children get a fair percentage of their nutrition at school, it's a damn big topic, and it's hard to think of a better messenger than a kid in the trenches.

[via Huffington Post]

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I have a question- are school lunches like this free? I can't watch the video, and as a Canadian who went to a tiny christian school with no cafeteria I have no experience whatsoever with public school lunches. If they cost anything at all, wouldn't it be cheaper and healthier for parents to just make peanut butter sandwiches for their kids to take? The school I went to was full of families who were barely scraping by (mine was one of them), and when I was young enough my mom always made a lunch for me. The day I complained about it (I think I was 9 or 10) became the day I started making my own sandwiches for lunch. It couldn't have cost my parents more than 50-75 cents a day for a sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit/cookies.

ETA- I know that even though my parents were fairly poor growing up, we still always had food in the house, which puts me ahead of a lot of students. But this article makes it seem like horrible lunches are the norm across the country, which is where my confusion comes from.