About a month and a half ago, we announced Slow Food USA’s new campaign to get healthy food into schools, Time for Lunch.
Time for Lunch aims to change the Child Nutrition Act by letting our legislators know that healthy food in schools is important to us all. The Child Nutrition Act governs the National School Lunch Program, which sets the standard for the food that more than 30 million children eat every school day. In the last few decades, as school budgets have been cut, our nation’s schools have struggled to serve children the healthy food they need.
Primary goals of Time for Lunch are to increase the amount allotted for each school lunch by a dollar – from $2.57 to $3.57, to guarantee 50 million dollars in funding for Farm-to-School programs, and to enact high standards for all food sold in schools, including vending machines and fast food outposts.
To read more about the Child Nutrition Act and the National School Lunch program, please visit Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch website.
Slow Food Rhode Island will be kicking off our Time for Lunch campaign efforts – which will continue throughout the fall – with an Eat-in – a pot-luck get-together held on the beautiful grounds of the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center on Labor Day. As of today, there are 232 Eat-ins planned in 49 states, all taking place on Labor Day.
The Slow Food RI Eat-in will start at 2pm, and in addition to good food, great company, and supporting an important cause, there will also be live music. State legislators and school administrators have been invited to attend as well.
If you are planning to attend the Eat-in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’ll be joining us, and to let us know what dish you’re planning to bring. There is no admission for the Eat-in, though donations in any amount are appreciated to offset the facility fees.
If you cannot attend the Slow Food RI Eat-in, please be sure to sign the petition, contact your legislators to let them know that healthy food in schools is important to you, and spread the word to your friends. If you’d like to organize your own Eat-in, information on coordinating Eat-ins is available here.
We look forward to seeing you at the Eat-in!
Slow Food RI Time for Lunch Eat-in
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center
3852 Main Road
Tiverton Four Corners, RI
For directions, click here