Sustainability Series: LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY

Watch Trailer Director: Helen De Michiel

The Sustainability Series is back, and you will be able to participate from home!

Watch LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY on July 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a free virtual screening of LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. We recommend you start the film at 6:30 p.m. More details below. Registration is required to receive screening link.

Join the Zoom Panel Discussion at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15th


Event Details:

Registration is required. Access to the film will become available to stream for registered patrons 24 hours in advance of the Zoom discussion. We suggest starting the film at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday so it is fresh in your mind. The Zoom call begins at 8:30PM on Wednesday, though we recommend joining the call early to get properly acquainted with how Zoom works and test your connection.

Registration is now closed for this event.

After registering, you will be added to our participant list. The day before the event all registered participants will receive an email with a link to access the film and information to participate in the Zoom panel. 
Please note: As stated above, registered participants will receive email on Tuesday, July 14th. For registrants who sign up on the day of the event, our staff will work to ensure you receive your email with access info as quickly as they can, but note that it may take time to respond. If possible, please register in advance. 


About the film

How does a community of passionate parents, community organizers, public health experts, cooks, food zealots and politicians come together to create enduring and systemic change on the local level? How do multi-generational and multi-ethnic food system change-makers work with serious challenges to spark the political will into motion? How do we talk about health and culture, identity and responsibility through cuisine and nutrition?

Lunch Love Community is an episodic “open space documentary” that explores these questions through a mosaic of twelve short films looking at issues around food reform, health, community sustainability and citizen-based democracy. From 2010 to 2014 we created and developed a transmedia approach – from an online, interactive “watch and share” project into a completed and cohesive suite of shorts that interconnect and build upon one another. The shorts (ranging from 3 minutes to 13 minutes) zoom in on intimate and revealing stories surrounding school lunch transformation and cooking-gardening education, and zoom out to the broader social issues and consequences around these changes. The blend of children and youth, education and food ignites passions, creative energy and idealism: how we teach our children to eat and understand food is the embodiment of how we transmit values to the next generation.

The collection of 12 films included in PLAY ALL order:

We Hunger For… (8 min)
Justice, opportunity, connection, equity, friendship, respect, experience, community, knowledge, health, success, love – what do I, you, we…hunger for?

Flamin’ Hot (3 min)
What happens when a group of Berkeley 6th Grade science students burn a cheese puff and test the results.

The Parent Factor (5 min)
Against all odds, a group of visionary parents come together – through ups and downs in the 1990s – to organize and change the way Berkeley children would eat in school.

Wanda (3 min)
School lunch chef Wanda McAfee-Conart reflects in her job and how it connects her to the sensory environment and to her own family history.

Feeding the Body Politic (10 min)
Through struggles and controversy, Berkeley, California parents put the democratic process to work, one neighbor, one politician, one piece of legislation at a time.

The Whole World in A Small Seed (3 min)
In Rivka Mason’s school-under-the-sky at Malcolm X Elementary, children experience cross-disciplinary learning in their school’s garden.

If They Cook It They Will Eat It (5 min
Elementary school cooking teachers Kathy Russell and Brenna Ritch awaken children to the world through the food they cook and eat with one another.

Just Produce/Food Justice (13 min)
David and Johnathan are young African-American men passionate about their jobs managing a fresh produce stand in an East Bay “food desert.” Their routine and work for Farm Fresh Choice opens up the world and its needs to them.

Labor of Lunch (5 min)
Making from-scratch meals for 5,000 kids is hard work for everyone, and it happens every day at the Berkeley Public Schools Central Kitchen.

To Feed And Be Fed (8 min)
Ann Cooper is the tough, hard working chef whose convictions drive her to reinvent herself as a school reform activist. She takes on the professional challenge to overhaul in only three short years, the neglected and dysfunctional Berkeley school lunch system.

Imperfection Salad (5 min)
Charlotte Biltekoff is the author of “Eating Right in America” where she traces the food reform movements throughout American history. She questions socially accepted ideas about “good and bad eaters” and what those assumptions reveal about food, culture, and the struggle over moral values.

But Is It Replicable? (5 min)
Visitors from West Sacramento tour the Central kitchen and Dining Commons wondering what can make a program like Berkeley’s work for them.

Free admission and post-show discussion, as part of the Spring Sustainability Series.


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Running Time: 78 min78 MIN
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Lunch Love Community brings it all together. It reminds us that food is about housing; food is about jobs; food is about justice.

Ivy Ken, Associate Professor of Sociology
George Washington University