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“Yuck!” … Documentary by 4th Grader Exposes NYC School Lunches

Busted!

Ten-year-old Zachary Maxwell secretly videotaped his school lunches to prove that he wasn’t being served the nutritious meals his New York City public school posted on its menu.

“Yuck! Documentary by 4th Grader Exposes NYC School Lunches” by Stephanie Sy, Everyday Health Senior Editor, originally appeared on http://www.everydayhealth.com.

Like school children around the country, Zachary Maxwell has little appreciation for the culinary concoctions at his school cafeteria.

“Disgusting,” he said, describing the weekly rotation of chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, and pizza.

After reading the online menu on the NYC Department of Education’s website, his parents felt confident that Zachary would receive a balanced, nutritious meal, at least, on most days.

But Zachary insisted that the school lunch menu did not accurately portray the dishes he was being served. One day, the menu read “honey-glazed chicken,” but chicken nuggets were served instead, for example. Sometimes, he pointed out, the menu would offer enticing “Capri vegetables,” but no vegetables were served at all.  To prove his point, he slipped a pocket-sized video camera into his pocket and started videotaping his food. After several months, Zach had enough footage to not only show his parents that he wasn’t always being served “what was advertised,” but to create a short film he titled “Yuck – A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch.”

(The Department of Education did not return Everyday Health’s request for comment.)