Price: $310.00

    Code: 2387

    Directed by Michael Graziano and Ernie Park
    2010, 63 minutes
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom Rental: $125

    An engaging, informative and fascinating documentary, Lunch Line chronicles the political and social history of the National School Lunch Program, one of our nation's most successful social programs, from the factors that led to its creation to the current debate over its nutritional standards.

    The National School Lunch Program began in 1946, and now more than 60 years later, feeds more than 31 million children every day. In this documentary, leaders from all sides of the school food debate including government officials, school food service experts, activists and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America's children for another 60 years.

    The documentary also follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch—and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances and more common ground than people might realize.

    Lunch Line is a film about the American political process and the health and welfare of its children.

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    "An excellent primer on how our school lunch came to be what it is—and thus should be required viewing for anyone seeking to change it. One of the most engaging on-screen history lessons I've ever seen. And, luckily, the lesson is a substantive one.” – The Atlantic

    “An interesting and informative film which has some great animated scenes and archival footage including illustrations by Ezra Clayton Daniels. Recommended.” - Educational Media Reviews Online

    "Students and the general public will find the film accessible, and scholars working in the areas of education and nutrition will enjoy it for the history and details. It is high time that someone shined a light on this taken-for-granted but politically quite important program." - Anthropology Review Database

    "This is a thoughtful and entertaining documentary... Communities interested in improving childhood health should have access to this disc." - Library Journal