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Time for Lunch: Labor Day 'Eat-Ins' Part of Making School Food Better

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It's Time for Lunch...what's on our kids' plates? Tater tots, pudding cups and mystery meat often find a home on kids' cafeteria trays, but that doesn't have to be the case. This fall, the Child Nutrition act, which leaves schools only $1 to spend on each child’s meal after labor, equipment and overhead costs, is up for re-authorization by Congress. In order to promote awareness of the need to change food policy for school-age children, Slow Food L.A. and Whole Foods are behind 6 "Eat-in" events in Los Angeles community gardens this Labor Day. Featuring a pot luck meal, the Eat-Ins will serve as a place for Los Angeles residents to write their legislators about the importance of providing children with healthy food.

Slow Food L.A. explains what the event is all about:

An eat-in is a public potluck with a purpose. In connection with the Time For Lunch campaign, the purpose of our eat-ins is to bring people together to strengthen support for getting real, healthy food into schools, and to make friends and neighbors aware of what they can do to help make that goal a reality. Slow Food Los Angeles believes that the simple act of sharing a meal can have great effects. At an eat-in you'll share food with others, meet neighbors, talk about issues of shared importance, and see first-hand that voting for a better food system in our country starts not at the polling booth but with every food purchase we make.

For details about the six Labor Day eat-ins in and around Los Angeles, see the list here. Join the revolution!