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I Think I Found a Loophole

Now that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second largest school district, has prevented Jamie Oliver from bringing his cameras into the schools, Jamie tries to garner parental support by dressing as a tomato and distributing free healthy lunches outside the schools. His grass-roots efforts help him connect with West Adams Preparatory School, a high school that works in partnership with the LAUSD but is run by the MLA Partnership and serves South Los Angeles. They allow him to teach the students about healthy cooking with a caveat – he cannot go inside the cafeteria or the school kitchen. While he’s there, Sophia, a 17-year-old student, tearfully tells Jamie about her family’s troubles with diabetes and her fears of being diagnosed herself. Jamie knows that Sophia’s concerns are “just the tip of the iceberg,” but the next time he comes to the school, armed with only a basket of vegetables, he’s chagrined to see a police cruiser at the entry. What has happened since his last visit, and how much more has his access been limited?

Meanwhile, Jamie continues to educate Dino, the proprietor of Patra’s, a fast-food spot, about overhauling his menu and using fresher, healthier ingredients, but Dino balks at losing his customers’ stalwarts and possibly paying – and charging – higher prices. Jamie offers to pit his own versions against Dino’s and even takes to the streets to ask the public what they’d pay for his Revolution Burgers. Will Dino join Jamie’s cause?

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