The young 11-year-old fourth grader Zachary Maxell decided to work on a personal project which turned to be the documentary Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch. The short film has won several film festival awards, and if you watch the short trailer below, it will be easy to understand why it did.
In the fall of 2011, fourth grader Zachary Maxwell began asking his parents if he could start packing and bringing his own lunch to school. Unfortunately, they kept insisting that he take advantage of the hot lunch being served at the school. After all, the online menu sounded delicious and the NYC Department of Education (DOE) website assured parents that the meals were nutritious. Zachary wanted to convince his parents that the online menu did not accurately represent what was really being served at his school.
In an effort to prove his point, Zachary started sneaking a small HD camera into the lunchroom to show his parents the truth. Over the next six months, Zachary would continue to gather “inside” footage and research the claims being made by the DOE and the media about the City’s public school lunch program.
Watch the trailer below, I dare you not do as Zachary suggests and say: —Yuck!