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It’s discouraging to read about the challenges facing Canton Central School’s food services program as reported by Sue Mende in the Watertown Daily Times on Jan. 15.

Twenty years ago, when I was a newcomer to Canton’s elementary school parents group, one of our projects was working with the cafeteria staff to provide nutritious, wholesome school meals within government guidelines. We’re still facing the same challenges. If you’re interested in this ongoing challenge, and ideas for solutions, GardenShare is presenting a free screening of the documentary “Cafeteria Man” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton.

“Cafeteria Man” tells the true story of “rebel chef Tony Gerarci and his mission to radically reform Baltimore’s public school food system.” The film follows activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school.

After the film, an informal discussion will feature several panelists including area food service administrators, teachers and students. Everyone is welcome.

GardenShare is a locally led, nonprofit organization that seeks to end hunger and strengthen food security in Northern New York. GardenShare works to build a north country where everyone has enough to eat and enough to share and where our food choices are healthy for us, for our communities and for the environment. Learn more at gardenshare.org.

Carol Pynchon

Canton

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