Slow Food Dallas is planning an “Eat-in” at White Rock Lake at the Big Thicket on Monday at 6 pm. The gathering is designed to bring people together to eat and show their support for the Real Food in Schools campaign. Slow Food USA is advocating for a change to the Child Nutrition Act which comes up for renewal every four years.If you haven’t had lunch at a public school in the last 20 years, you may not know that children are being served previously frozen, processed foods and are also allowed to purchase soft drinks and various processed foods from vending machines. Jump for more information.
Why are children obese? Many experts believe that they are consuming too many processed foods, along with spending too much time being sedentary.
Real food is good for children. Imagine a school lunch prepared fresh every day from ingredients sourced locally? That is what Slow Food seeks to mandate in the Child Nutrition Act. It is something I’ve wanted for a long time and I am whole heartedly in agreement with the change. All of us wish that we could make a difference in the world and our children deserve the best food we can give them.
If you are also concerned about children and their access to real food, please sign the petition on the Slow Food USA website. As of this morning, 17,191 people had signed the petition.
Its easy, simply go to www.slowfoodusa.org and click on the icon in the upper right corner that says Real Food in Schools.
Another way to show your support is to write to your Congressman/woman and your Senators. In Texas, our Senators are Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. Unless they hear our voices, they will not vote for the change.
I you can’t come to the “Eat-In” you can help by signing the petition and writing to your legislators.
If you do come to the “Eat-In” you’ll be sure to have some real food prepared from local ingredients and enjoyed with other people passionate about food and where it comes from.