A Fun Opportunity to Support Healthy School Lunches


If you have a passion for healthy school lunches for children, pack the picnic basket with a wholesome dish to share and bring the family to Tahoe Park on Monday, September 7, 2009 for a community “Eat-In.” Sponsored by Slow Food USA in support of their national campaign “Time for Lunch,” the Eat-In is designed to focus attention on the critical need for healthier lunches for school children.

The Eat-In has been scheduled for this Monday because the deadline for reauthorizing the current Child Nutrition Act is September 2009. 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. Slow Food USA’s stance is that “unless we speak up this summer, ‘business as usual’ on Capitol Hill will let Congress pass a Child Nutrition Act that continues to fail our children.”

The day’s activities will feature games for kids, live music, and the potluck picnic; and speakers will include Councilman Kevin McCarty and a representative from local Soil Born Farms. The event is free to the public, but eat-inners must RSVP on line.

To sign the “Time for Lunch” petition and learn more about healthy food in schools, visit http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch-detail/sacramento_eat_in_to_support_local_schools

To register/RSVP for the event, visit

For more information on the Sacramento Eat-In, contact organizer Brenda Ruiz at chefbrendaruiz@gmail.com; (916)870-9783.

Date: Monday, September 7, 2009
Time: 11am to 2pm
Location: Tahoe Park, 3501 59th Street, Sacramento