The documentary Cafeteria Man has been wowing viewers who care about school food all over the country and will be shown later this fall on WGBH, our local PBS station.
We’re screening the film in Trinity Church’s undercroft at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm on Saturday September 27th as part of our Let’s Talk About Food festival.
We’ll have the central figure of the film, Tony Geraci with us and also the producer of the documentary, filmmaker Sheila Kinkade. They will introduce the film and be available for a talk-back after the screening. Here’s a little more about our guests.
Tony Geraci, Cafeteria Man
Tony Geraci is currently Executive Director for Shelby County Schools Nutrition Services serving Memphis, TN. Tony oversees the Central Nutrition Center that provides over 200,000 meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and at risk supper meals. Since his arrival, the breakfast in the classroom has more than doubled the meals served.
The at-risk supper program implemented by Tony is the first for the state of Tennessee. From 2008-2011, Tony served as Director of Nutrition Services for the Baltimore City Public Schools, where he increased breakfast participation from 8,500 per day to more than 35,000. He also led the creation of Great Kids Farm, a city-owned, 33-acre property now being used for vocational training and organic food production for Baltimore City’s schools and local restaurants. As a result of his innovations in Baltimore, Tony was voted by his peers as Foodservice Director Magazine’s 2009 Foodservice Director of the Year after being featured in July 2009 as Foodservice Director of the Month.
A native of New Orleans and a third generation restaurateur, Tony has worked with food service directors throughout the country to streamline their operations for purchasing, introducing local products to their menus, and incorporating vocational training. His work is the focus of the documentary feature film Cafeteria Man and has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, The Atlantic, The Diane Rehm Show, the Food Network, The Washington Post, and a host of other radio, print and television outlets.
Sheila Kinkade, Co-Producer, Cafeteria Man
A writer and communications professional, Sheila captures the stories of grassroots visionaries whose innovative solutions to local challenges transformed their communities. Over two decades, her work for various international development organizations has taken her to from hill tribe villages in northern Thailand to high schools in Serbia, from the rainforests of Costa Rica to farming communities in Uganda. Through books, articles, video interviews, and creative multimedia, she chronicles the lives of people whose perseverance and hope eclipse the barriers they see around them.
In addition to her current role as Director of Storytelling at the International Youth Foundation, Sheila helps public, private, and nonprofit sector clients tell the human story driving their social change work. Active in the local sustainability movement, Sheila serves on the board of Great Kids Farm and co-produced the documentary film, Cafeteria Man, chronicling a pioneering effort to reform school food in Baltimore, MD.
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