Memphis Schools' chef Geraci turning food service sunny side up
Download teaching tools below after viewing 13-minute documentary
Elementary and high school students, their parents and nutrition educators across the U.S. can get a behind-the-scenes look at what “breakfast in the classroom” and 21st century school lunch programs should be, and can be, by viewing “School Food Do-over,” a new 13-minute documentary featuring chef Tony Geraci and his innovative food preparation and delivery team in the Memphis City School system.
“School Food Do-Over” and Geraci's accompanying instructional tools are the latest offering from ENC Teacher Exchange, the free online nutrition education program introduced this year by Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), science division of The American Egg Board.
Eighty-four percent of Memphis City Schools’ 104,000 students are eligible for free or discounted meals while attending class, and education administrators in the river city known as the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll reasoned that efficiencies brought forth by food service pioneer chef Geraci, who was born and schooled in New Orleans, could revolutionize the way Memphis public schools feed their children. And by any measure it would seem the administrators were spot on.
Geraci, who merits the national attention he’s been getting, first by reforming food service in Baltimore schools, then by integrating and streamlining every phase of "farm to fork," is the focal point of a widely distributed documentary entitled “Cafeteria Man” that wove its way into the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama, revered for her “Let’s Move” campaign in the fight to curb childhood obesity, embraced Geraci’s revolutionary approach, and his contagious enthusiasm. Geraci also recently shared the podium in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to promote healthier, more locally-grown food "to put kids in front of educators, ready to learn."
Learn more about Memphis City Schools' wildly innovative food service program by watching the video above and reviewing the downloadable teaching tools that chef Geraci and his staff provide below.