National School Lunch Program Struggles. Lunch Line Producer Reveals

Lunch Line Documentary about the National Lunch School Program

Lunch Line Documentary about the National School Lunch Program

Lunch Line, a film produced by Michael Graziano and Ernie Park, reaches deep down into your soul to shine a light on the issues surrounding the National School Lunch Program started in 1946 (See the trailer here.)  Every day,  the Program feeds 32 million children, in which only a dollar is spent on the actual meal. Listen to the below podcast or video as Graziano talks about the film and the issues surrounding the Program.


Background Information about the Film

This movie neither advocates for or against the lunch program but provides a timeline of its evolution, the challenges the program faces, and future opportunities.  The directors  pepper interviews throughout the film from school food service experts, activists, students, and government officials.

My favorite part of the film was the interwoven journey of six children from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago.  These students won the contest to fix the school lunch using only $1 per meal for ingredients.

My Recommendation

I found the film extremely moving and provided clarity about the program. However, certain parts of the film were heartbreaking especially when the issues of  poverty and hunger are discussed.  School lunches are sometimes the only meal a child receives for the entire week.  Without spoiling the movie, film does address the costs associated with the program and organic food use in school lunches.

There are three ways you can see the movie.   Host a screening for your community or school.  (See details here.)   Individuals can purchase the DVD for $19.95 or preview the film at at a screening event  listed on the Lunch Line website.   This film is a must purchase for school’s environmental programs, parent organizations, and those who wish to continue the National School Lunch Program debate.    Trust me. You will not be disappointed.

Stay tuned for another film from Parks and Graziano called Resistance, the story about antibiotics.  Given, their last collaboration, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. 4

    Jenny Scott says

    I have longed to see a movie like this, a movie that talks about critical issues that are affecting people in our society. Hope it is released soon.

  2. 5

    Ashley Nester says

    I am looking forward to watching this movie. There is a lot to learn from it, real-world stuff.

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