Members of grassroots organizations are inviting the public attend what they call Slow Food “Eat-Ins” at 300 locations in 50 states. One of those will be held from noon to 3 p.m. today at Las Lomas High School, 1460 South Main Street.
The Eat-In is a potluck that, organizers say, brings people in a community together “to share a meal and show their support for a cause like getting real food into schools.” It is a National Day of Action, in which we call upon our legislators to provide America’s children with real food at school by strengthening and re-authorizing the Child Nutrition Act.
Among the honored guests will be state Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, who is running for state Superintendent of Schools and has, in his elected positions, promoted healthy life-styles, healthy food in schools, and school gardens.
Do you know what “slow food” is? I kinda sorta do. Something having to do with eating produce and other food that is grown locally. You know, if not actually growing your own tomatoes than buying them at your local farmers market from a farmer who grew them on their land in or near the Bay Area and just picked them that morning or the day before. It also means avoiding food that is heavily processed, or, if you go out, choosing venues that use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.
If there are any Slow Food enthusiasts who want to correct me, please do. But here is what the organizers say about Slow Food and how they describe an Eat-In:
“Real food is good at every link in the chain. It tastes good, it’s good for us, it’s good for the people who grow it, it’s good for our country and it’s good for the planet.”
At this Las Lomas event, organized by Slow Food Delta, there will be activities for children, petitions to sign and expect lively discussions from our community members.
About the discussion around this Day of Action, organizers say: “This year, we have an opportunity to begin reclaiming our children’s future. We know that the childhood obesity and diabetes epidemics are spiraling out of control. We know our public schools struggle to serve children anything but the junk food and fast food that endangers their health. It’s time for parents, teachers and every responsible citizen to tell our nation’s leaders that change can’t wait.”
For more information visit the Time for Lunch web site: