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Slow Food sends a strong message to Congress with Eat-In set for Labor Day

Posted on Sep 02, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

On Labor Day, the Slow Food Organization (clever, opposite of "Fast Food") is promoting a national "Eat In"

An Eat-In (part potluck and part sit-in) is a peaceful way for people all over the country to join together to raise awareness and send a very important message to congress.

"It's time to provide America's children with real food at school."

Here is a fact from Slow Foods that might surprise you!

Under the National School Lunch Program, the USDA reimburses schools for every meal served: $2.57 for a free lunch, $2.17 for a reduced-price lunch and 24 cents for a paid lunch. Since these reimbursements must also pay for labor, equipment and overhead costs, schools are left with only $1.00 to spend on food. How can schools be expected to feed our children and protect their health with only a dollar a day? It’s time to build a strong foundation for our children’s health by raising the reimbursement rate to $3.57.

There are Eat-Ins planned in every single state. It's not too late to organize an Eat-In and really not hard. It does not have to be big event. It can be as simple as having friends over and sharing an outdoor picnic. Register your Eat-In, take a photo of your group and mail it to

Slow Food has a great deal of different downloadable tools to help you plan and communicate your event.

Download toolkit.

The more participants the stronger the message is to congress.

Sign up to organize an Eat-In for September 7.

Find an Eat-In near you

Sign their petition.





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