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L.A. schools don't bite on chef Jamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution'

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Jamie Oliver, the chef who took on the "lunch ladies" of Huntington, W.Va., in an attempt to make school food more healthful, has been told thanks but no thanks by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

"Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities," Melissa Infusino, the director of partnerships in the superintendent's office, said Friday.

Oliver is bringing his "Food Revolution" reality television show to L.A. for its second season, and he and his family plan to move to the area in January, a spokeswoman said. ABC posted a casting notice on its website: "We're searching for families with children who could use Jamie's help in the kitchen to overcome the obstacles to healthy eating."

But just what the show will focus on remains undecided.

"We are not prepared to comment about the show because it's still in the creative stages," said Amber Gereghty, an ABC publicity director. She said there would be an element involving schools.

Read the full story her on Jamie Oliver's show here.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: Chef Jamie Oliver prepares his own type of chicken nuggets for schoolchildren in Huntington, W.Va., in an episode of his reality show, "Food Revolution." He was in town to help make the city's school lunches more healthful -- an endeavor that met with resistance from campus cooks. Credit: Holly Farrell / ABC

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I say, listen to what he has to say.It is well known that American kids are mainly overweight, no more so than in California. Surely anything that could persuade families to eat more healthily is beneficial. Healthy kids/people live fuller active lives and commit more to the community! He is honest, frank and very down to earth so I can't see the objection to his proposals.

Typical L.A.U.S.D. behavior. why improve our students health and future if there's no profit in it? I am a product of our wonderful school system here and can tell you that the food is no better than what is served in county jail. in fact students actually used to refer to the food as "county" and the cafeteria line was " the county line"

I guess they feel that a school system with a 50% graduation rate doesn't need community members' time invested towards helping it get better.

"Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities," Melissa Infusino

Got something to hide? Me thinks yes!

Figures - LAUSD doesn't have the money to spend on healthful food for students.

How brilliant of the LAUSD to reject a chance to give our children healthy food instead of the junk they feed them. I know the district will cite "statistics" showing how healthy their chicken nuggets--or whatever--are. Bureaucrats will go to any length to justify their myopic decisions. If we didn't know it before, this proves how ridiculous is the entire LAUSD!


Open your eyes Melissa Infusino! This community NEEDS to invest in healthier habits. Open yearbooks from the 80's to present and you will see a steady increase in students weight.

Shouldn't it be no surprise that a bad decision from those who make a bad decisions? I am sure there's money involved that LAUSD made their decision. LAUSD would rather protect their interests and those paying the LAUSD to feed the children, than protect the interests of the children, period!

Have anyone of you seen how much waste the kids generate with School Lunches? Lot's of good food ends up in trash bags. Milk, fruits, etc. These kids are not taught not to waste. All these kids know is the SCHOOL LUNCHES SUCKS. They expect the kids to enjoy healthy meals .. END UP THE MESSAGE IS HEALThY MEAL SUCKS!

My kids pack lunches to School. They will never eat a single bite of School lunch. They rather go hungry and come back home to eat.

Why are we wasting so much money on School Lunches when more than 50% of the food goes into the trash? We need feedback and strict collections of data on these abuse.

So yes, helping kids fight obesity on such a grand scale would have been such an awesome opportunity, but even more important, this would have been a great morale boost for LAUSD employees in a time where work does not seem as important as it should. It could have really helped everyone get back on track that what we do makes a difference.

Call your school principals, the school district offices, the mayor's office and everyone in between. Demand an explanation, and let your dissatisfaction be known. Disgraceful, even more so during Diabetes Awareness Month!

I like to look at all the fat blacks and mexicans. I just go "hahahahahah". Why? Because then they are too fat to start a revolution. Why should we teach them how to eat? What's in it for us? Huh? I mean, if this show does come here, then we will end up having to pay more for these blacks and mexicans to eat broccoli. Puleeze ! I'd rather have them eat potatoe chips to keep their minds dull so they (well, at least the mexicans) will do the menial labor jobs. hahahahahah. Yeah, keep shoving those fritos down your throat and gullet, banditos! heheheheh

lausd profits from failure--nutrition has an astounding impact on academic achievement and behavior--these are standards students learn from primary school through 9/10th grade life skills classes--then they are expected to eat slop at lunchtime. maybe kids are confused about wholesome food. the district just doesn't want anyone interfering with $ generated from vendors, which charge 3 to 10 times what retail does for everything from bean burritos to million dollar "bungalos"--read up on the contractor scandal and you will have a clue as to why.


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