by Marion Nestle
Sep 4 2009

Slow Food Eat-In for School Meals: September 7

How’s this for community organizing?  Slow Food’s national Eat-In to support legislation to get better food into schools is happening this Labor Day.  So far, 295 groups throughout the country have signed up.  Interested in participating?  Here’s the information.


Slow Food explains what this is about:

On Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, people in communities all over the country will sit down to share a meal with their neighbors and kids. This National Day of Action will send a clear message to Congress: It’s time to provide America’s children with real food at school.

Getting Congress’ attention is a big job, and we need your help. On Sept. 7, attend an Eat-In taking place near you.

If there isn’t an Eat-In in your area, sign up to organize one. Sept. 7 is right around the corner, so it doesn’t have to be a big event. You can gather your friends for an outdoor picnic on Labor Day, take a photo (the more creative, the better) and email it to immediately following your picnic. That’s a terrific way to show your support.

Regardless of the way you show your support, please let us know about your plans, so we can add it to the map. If you’d like to spread the word about your picnic and invite your neighbors to join you, please download our Organizer Toolkit, which has suggestions that you may find useful.

Sounds like fun!  And if enough people get involved, we may even get some action from Congress.

  • Such a great campaign, and cause.

    If you’re in the Florida Keys, show your support at the Southernmost “Time for Lunch” Eat In, at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden.

  • Thanks for getting involved and promoting these events, Marion. This is such an important cause and we need parents across the country, from all backgrounds and neighborhoods to show up to an Eat-In.

    We’ll be going to the one at Washington HS in Portland and hope to see lots of familiar foodie friends.

  • Toni Lasher

    Wow. Can’t speak too much for today–just by myself with the crockpot getting “work lunches” ready for the coming week. Seldom ever eat fast food. Dinner with daughter and family yesterday was almost all locally grown slow food.

  • Am I the only one perplexed here? If this is happening on Labor Day, how is the “message” being sent about school lunches?
    What if there was an event on Sept. 8 — when everyone is back in school/work — that somehow brought healthy, local, yummy foods into school and work cafeterias?