Watching every episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution certainly sparked something in me to feed my children healthier meals. I have wished to have Oliver work in the school kitchens in my city, to help others see that the food choices they make for students have room for improvement. If that chance was offered to my city, I’d really hope that those in charge would accept the offer.
Not so for the Los Angeles Unified School District. They were offered a spot on the second season of The Food Revolution and turned it down.
Jamie Oliver’s first season of Food Revolution took on the city of Huntington, West Virginia, a city with the reputation for being “America’s Fattest City“. Oliver was met with criticism and outright hostility, although he was ultimately welcomed by those who were his biggest enemies. Now, in his second season, he has decided to take on the city of Los Angeles – the second largest city in America, and not just in population. It’s a great idea, except that the Unified School District wants no part of his plan.
In a letter to the producers of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, L.A. Unified School District Director of Partnerships Melissa Infusino said taking part in Food Revolution would be too time-consuming.
“Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities,” Infusino commented in the Los Angeles Times.
The letter continued, “We believe our direct work with nutrition experts, health advocates, the community, schools and students is the most effective strategy for our continued success and improvement”.