Slow Food USA is running the “Time for Lunch” campaign, a national effort to improve the country’s school lunch programs by offering healthier food choices.
Slow Food USA is running the “Time for Lunch” campaign, a national effort to improve the country’s school lunch programs by offering healthier food choices. The campaign culminates with a day of action taking place on Labor Day, Sept. 7th, where people around the country are invited to gather at organized Eat-Ins – essentially community potlucks that celebrate the experience of eating as both a social and political act.
The “Time for Lunch” website explains:
Every school day, we have an opportunity to build a strong foundation for our children’s health by serving them real food at school. Children who grow up enjoying food that is both delicious and good for them learn healthy habits that last throughout their lives. Each year that we fail to satisfy our children’s right to real food is another year we deny our children good health, we diminish their ability to learn and we close the door on their opportunity to succeed.
“Time for Lunch” coincides with the pending reauthorization, by the end of September, of the Child Nutrition Act which provides funding and direction for the National School Program. More information on the “Time for Lunch” goals can be found here and you can find a local Eat-In in your area here.
And to get an idea of the current state of the plate in schools around the globe, check out the galleries at “What’s For School Lunch?“.
[image via freeparking on Flickr]