North Country schools face food nutrition challenges
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 6:35 am

To the editor:

It’s discouraging to read about the challenges facing Canton Central School’s food services program (Canton lunch program still losing money, Watertown Daily Times, 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,” 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 services 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—where our food choices are healthy for us, for our communities, and for the environment. Learn more at

Carol Pynchon

GardenShare Board