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Every 5 years Congress reauthorizes the National School Lunch Program. It’s a chance to shape the eating habits of students: what they eat and how much they eat. This year the National School Lunch Program is set to be renewed once again. And the battle— which is fought every 5 years— is coming to another juncture.

Go here to see some all-too-typical photos of what passes as school lunch. Well-rounded meals are not monochromatic.

Get involved. Start by attending the Slow Food OKC Eat-In on September 7th.

Don’t have kids? Think shoddy school lunches aren’t your problem? Give this a read.

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Slow Food Eat-In

Slow Food OKC joins Slow Food USA in a National Eat-In
September 7th
Supporting Improvements to School Lunch Program
time for lunch

On Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, people in almost 200 communities all over the country will sit down to share a meal with their neighbors, friends, and children.
Come and join Slow Food OKC and the Sustainable Living Organization of the First Unitarian Church for our community’s Eat-In.  Share a great meal, meet others who are concerned about children’s health and the school lunch program, and learn about how you can make a difference.
This National Eat-In will send a clear message to Congress: It’s time to provide America ‘s children with real food at school.

The Child Nutrition Act is a federal law that comes up for reauthorization in Congress every four to five years. It 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 real food they need. In many communities, including our own, school lunches are the main (if not the only) meals that many children eat each and every day.  In a time of soaring childhood obesity and diabetes rates, the funding for these school food programs gives schools no choice but to feed children in ways that neither promote their health nor teach them what good, “real” food is.
The deadline for reauthorizing the current Child Nutrition Act is November 2009. Unless we speak up, Congress may pass a Child Nutrition Act that continues to fail our children.  To learn more about Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch Campaign follow this link.
We have lined up great speakers who are actively engaged in feeding our children and understand the issues facing school lunch programs.  They will provide short presentations and answer your questions.
Who should attend: parents, educators, legislators, health and nutrition providers, concerned citizens in our community.  Children over 3 are welcome (we are arranging babysitters).
Price: Meal $10 for adults; $5 for children 5 and over.  Kamala Gamble -Slow Food founder and chef will cater a delicious meal for us!  If this meal cost would be a hardship for you – please let us know and we can make accomodations – we want you to come (or you may bring your own sack meal).  We need a count so please reserve in advance – please let your friends know too.  This is an important issue come and share in our Eat-In!
Reservations: We ask that you reserve in advance so that we know how many attendees.  If you will want/need babysitting – we need to know the # and age of your children.  Send your reservation request to slowfoodokc@yahoo.com.

Where & When
Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
4-6 p.m.
First Unitarian Church 600 NW 13th Street map

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