City Councilor John R. Connolly highlighted his crusade against expired food in school cafeterias in the first television commercial of his mayoral campaign.
The 30-second spot focused on an incident in March 2011 when Connolly made surprise visits to four school cafeterias and discovered out-of-date food in freezers. Schools officials ultimately ousted the longtime director of food and nutrition services after finding 280 cases of old food in 40 cafeterias.
“I walked into our school cafeterias and I found boxes of expired food,” Connolly says in the advertisement, which his campaign said would begin airing Tuesday evening. “We uncovered it. We held hearings. And we fixed it.”
Connolly concluded, “As mayor, I’ll make education job one.”
The advertisement included a Boston Public Schools student identified as Roxlind who says the cafeteria food “had this foul taste.” A parent identified as Beliza asked how anyone could have ethically fed the food to children.
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