Wednesday, August 19, 2009

“Eat In” Labor Day Brunch Supports Changes to Child Nutrition Act

How do you get kids to develop good eating habits and avoid the diseases caused by obesity? Parents are key, but so are schools. The National School Lunch Program provides a nutritionally balanced low-cost or free meal to more than 30 million children every school day. This fall the Child Nutrition Act, which governs the National School Lunch Program, is up for re-authorization in Congress. It has been in place since Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law in 1948.

Slow Food USA is partnering with a variety of organizations across the nation to host Labor Day “Eat-Ins.” Participants at these events will enjoy a meal together and contact local members of Congress to urge them to vote in favor of improving the legislation to provide more locally grown fruits and vegetables in these school meals.

More than 250 Eat-Ins have been organized in all 50 states. One of these is being held at Captain Cooks Culinary Academy, located in Carlsbad. They’ll be hosting a potluck brunch on Monday, Sept. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in support of improving the Child Nutrition Act. If you want to help organize the event or join in with a dish, contact

Another, which I'll be attending, is a picnic at Balboa Park's World Beat Center, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This one is organized by Slow Food Urban San Diego.

To find an Eat-In near you, go to the Slow Food USA website for a list.

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