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‘CAFETERIA MAN’ – Tony Geraci – Film and panel look at school lunches

May 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

redo Cornucopia Food for Thought header- 1-27-15The Cornucopia Project will screen the documentary Cafeteria Man as part of its monthly Food for Thought documentary series. This film about reforming school nutrition features Tony Geraci, former ConVal Food Service Director, as he works towards helping school systems shift from processed food to more locally-grown, freshly prepared meals. This nationally acclaimed film, which shows what is possible in our nation’s schools, has been embraced by First Lady Michelle Obama.Geraci left Peterborough to head-up food services for the Baltimore City Public Schools and then more recently was the Executive Director of the Memphis City Schools Division of Child Nutrition Services.
He is a passionate supporter and architect of the National Farm-to-School movement that teaches students how to raise vegetables in gardens for consumption in school cafeterias.



Panel discussion with:

~ConVal Food Service Director:

Donna Reynolds

~ Cafe Services: John Ayer
(ConVal’s new food service vendor)

~ Monadnock Menus: Sara Lovitz
(aggregates and distributes locally
grown food)

~ Food Connects: (cultivates healthy connections between farms and communities)

Program Schedule:

5 to 5:30—doors open, refreshments

5:30 to 6:30—film screening

6:30 to 7:30—talk by Tony Geraci
followed by discussion


Following the screening, Tony Geraci and a panel of local food professionals will discuss the growing movement to bring healthy food into school cafeterias. Panelists include Donna Reynolds, ConVal Food Service Director; John Ayer of Café Services (ConVal’s new food service vendor); Sara Lovitz, Monadnock Menus; and a representative from Food Connects.

“This event makes the direct connection between what children are learning in the Cornucopia school gardens and what they are eating in the school cafeterias,” notes Beate Becker, Cornucopia Executive Director. “It’s very gratifying to see how ConVal is working with local organizations to make sure that our kids learn about healthy food and have access to healthy lunches. It’s great to have Tony back to see how far ConVal has come on this issue of healthy school lunches, and also to talk about the work we still have ahead of us.”

Doors will open for a reception between 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. with refreshments prepared by Cornucopia Founder, Kin Schilling. The reception will be followed by the film screening from 5:30 to 6:30 and a panel discussion from 6:30 to 7:30.
The Cornucopia Project is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching sustainable and nourishing life practices to children and adults by connecting them to the land and community through organic gardening. Cornucopia teaches schoolyard gardening at every elementary school in the School District and manages a “teaching and giving garden” at the Cornucopia Community Garden in Peterborough.
For more information, contact the Cornucopia Project at 784-5069 or visit cornucopiaproject.org.


May 5, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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