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We’ve put together an expert panel to help us figure out the best way to change the way kids are fed in our schools.  Members include:

geraciTony Geraci, Cafeteria Man
Anthony Geraci, or Tony as he is called by his peers, is a chef and Food Service Consultant. He is the former Director of Food and Nutrition for Baltimore public schools. Tony is a native of New Orleans and a third generation restaurateur who did a traditional apprenticeship with four star hotels and restaurants throughout the U.S. Tony’s inspiration for cooking comes from helping his grandmother in the kitchen as a child. Tony is a feature in the film “Cafeteria Man”, a film focused on the transformation of Baltimore Public School’s lunch and breakfast program.

Tony is currently the Director of Nutrition Services for Shelby County Schools, TN where he serves over 160,000 children in 221 schools. Since his arrival, the Breakfast in the Classroom program has more than doubled. He has implemented the At- Risk Supper Meal Program which provides meals to after school programs. The At-Risk Supper Program is the first for the State of Tennessee. Tony has expanded the Farm to School program as well. Schools are serving more locally grown produce as a direct result of his grass roots efforts. Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered as a healthy choice for all children every day. Chef salads are made fresh daily and delivered to all school sites from the central kitchen which Tony oversees. The central kitchen also bakes bread from scratch and various cook-chill items.

Tony has been a trail blazer for providing healthier options for children. His mission is to place healthy children in front of educators ready to learn.

aliceAlice Ammerman DrPH, RD, Nutrition Professor at UNC
Alice Ammerman is a professor in the Dept. of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also directs the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at UNC. Her work involves applied research to improve healthy food access for all, including creative strategies to enhance farm to school programs and school lunch participation in high school.


roosDebbie Roos
Chatham County Agricultural Cooperative Extension Agent

Robin Brooks
Chatham County USDA Nutrition Director

meredithMeredith Leight
Owner Granite Springs Farm, Pittsboro, NCM on Blu Ford
Meredith Leight has been growing sustainably produced vegetables, mushrooms and eggs at Granite Springs Farm in Chatham County since 2009. She has a CSA and sells to several restaurants and a UNC sorority.


jamesJames Cahoon
Middle School Student in Chatham County
James Cahoon is an 8th grader at Margaret Pollard Middle School. He enjoys paper craft and creative writing. He has a cat and three fish and aspires to be an architect.

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