Time for Lunch! This Labor Day (Sept. 7)

July 22, 2009

Slow Food USA is “asking parents, teachers and every responsible citizen to speak up and tell our nation’s leaders that change can’t wait: It’s time to provide our children with REAL FOOD at school.”

Slow Food’s Time for Lunch campaign offers many ways to get involved: sign the petition, ask your friends to sign the petition, contact your legislators, post fliers, and finally, organize an Eat-In, which I intend to do. An Eat-In is “a potluck that takes place in public and gathers people to support a cause – like getting real food into schools.” Watch for details here at realfoodforschools.org.

If you can help find a location, print or distribute fliers, green it up, or otherwise promote/support this event, please let me know. And definitely save the date — lunch on September 7 — to show how important real food is for kids!


Tools You Can Use: Recess Before Lunch Handout

July 22, 2009

During school lunch time, do kids rush through lunch so they can be first in line for recess? Are they fidgety, rambunctious, noisy in the cafeteria? (If you don’t know, it’s probably time to make a lunch date with your kid.)

Many schools across the country have successfully implemented “Recess Before Lunch.” While it make take some finagling of the schedule, the benefits are worth the work of rescheduling: Kids eat more veggies, drink more milk, waste less food, are more quiet and better behaved, to name just a few.

This info sheet from Action for Healthy Kids is a great tool for promoting Recess Before Lunch in your school.

recess before lunch flier

For more information, download Montana Team Nutrition’s Recess Before Lunch Guidebook.

Tell us about your school — “play time before lunchtime” or vice versa?


Real Food Is…

July 22, 2009

…?

For the 4th Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Portland, Oregon last March, Action for Healthy Kids and the Community Food Security Coalition sponsored a video contest for students in elementary school, middle school, high school and college. The challenge was to “produce a 30 second to 3 minute video that informs, inspires, and encourages student advocacy to restore connections to community, food, land, and place through Farm to Cafeteria programs.”

The winning videos are entertaining and inspiring to say the least.

K-12 Category Winner: Who Put that Burger On Your Plate? by the fifth graders from Elysian Charter School, Hoboken, New Jersey.

College Category WinnerReal Food Is by Colorado College Farm Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

To see all the submissions, go to http://www.youtube.com/group/FarmToSchool

How do you finish the sentence “Real food is…?”

What do the kids in your life think about real food?