I used to help out in the lunchroom at school in order to get one of the coveted “hot lunches” that my elementary school provided. Not equipped with a cafeteria, or even a kitchen, the lunches came pretty much ready to go. Salty tater tots, hamburgers with smashed buns, and cups of “milkshakes” that were always frozen solid were pretty typical fare. I think back to those days spent spooning goop onto trays and shudder. I was a kid, so I thought that food was special – way better than the sandwiches, carrots, and thermoses of milk my mom provided us with. As an adult, I’ve realized that “hot lunch” was probably the last thing I should have been consuming. It made me lethargic. I didn’t want to play at recess. It made my stomach hurt. It made me more irritable. But as a kid, I thought those lunches were the best thing around.
I’m old enough that vending machines and junk food hadn’t made their way into elementary schools, but that’s the normal state of cafeterias now. When one Mom discovered that her child was eating junk food because of the ease of availability, she became angry, and a film was born. “Two Angry Moms” explores why our school lunch system has turned into an institution that no longer offers recognizable food to kids. Not only does it explain the why, it also explains how parents can change the school lunch program in their own districts. When you realize that children today have shorter life expectancies than their parents, you may become an angry Mom, too.
“Two Angry Moms” plays at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3 in the BriarPatch Community Room. The complete film schedule is available on BriarPatch’s website.