It’s Time for Lunch in Seattle

Dear Slow Food Seattle Members and Supporters of Slow Food USA,

Remember this date: September 7, 2009. We’ll look back on that day as the moment when people across America took a stand about the food our children eat at school.

As you know, children who grow up enjoying food that is both delicious and good for them learn healthy eating habits that last throughout their lives. Those habits can start at school – but only if we give schools the resources to serve real food instead of the overly processed fast food that endangers their health.

To make that happen, our leaders in Congress need to hear that when it comes to our children, change can’t wait.

That’s why we’re organizing a National Eat-In for Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009. On that day, people across America will gather with their neighbors for public potlucks that send our nation’s leaders a clear message: It’s time to provide our children with real food at school.

To get Congress’ attention, we’re going to need the help of all kinds of people: parents, teachers, community leaders, kids and people who’ve never done anything like this before. We’re going to need everyone to pitch in.

A toddler visits the Orca K-8 school garden in South Seattle

A toddler visits the Orca K-8 school garden in South Seattle

But the people we need most are Slow Food members and supporters. You’re the front line of the food movement, and we’re counting on you to tell your friends, to contact your legislators and to organize Eat-Ins for Sept. 7.

Please be sure to communicate with Slow Food Seattle leadership at and let us know if you need help promoting your event.  If nothing else, please tell us about your plans.  We want Seattle to come to the table on this one! 

Visit this link to get started:

The Slow Food USA campaign web site will guide you through the process, and our campaign team is here to provide support. We’ll give you everything you need to get involved, starting today.

And we mean today—because with the President calling for health care reform and the First Lady teaching kids to grow food on the White House Lawn, we’ve got an opening to pass legislation that gives kids the opportunity to grow up healthy.

This fall, Congress will be debating whether to update the Child Nutrition Act, which is the law that determines what kind of food kids eat at school. By giving schools the resources to serve real food, we can make sure that the legacy we’re leaving our children is a future filled with opportunity, security and good health.

We can only do it if we act now. It’s time to get real food into schools!

For more information, and to join our campaign, go to

About Lucy

Lucy has an interdisciplinary food background— an oral historian and ethnographer, her academic pursuits focused on transcultural identity and food. She has professional experience in consumer research and product development and marketing. Her clients have called upon her experience to advise on new products and creative planning for categories and brands, expertise on integrating sustainability into the value chain, and how best to connect with media services to market and communicate about sustainable foods and brands. She is Director of Marketing and Project Manager for the Puget Sound Food Network (PSFN), a project of the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. PSFN is a values-based supply chain support system that combines technology and professional staff to increase the production, distribution, and consumption of food and other agricultural goods produced in the region. Lucy oversees all aspects of marketing and communications for NABC and its clients, but also leads the organization's efforts to build a sustainable and profitable regional food system through marketing, sales and logistical support. Lucy is busy building strategic partnerships with farmers, fishers, NGO's, private and government agencies, institutions and businesses to help local producers bring their products to market while increase access to regionally produced foods. Lucy is the author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions (2003), a collection of stories and recipes that emerged from a three-year oral history project with the New York Food Museum. Lucy and her work have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, Food Network, NPR's Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Saveur, Domino and more. Lucy served as co-leader of the Slow Food Seattle chapter for over two years, and was co-chair of Slow Food Portland Steering Committee for two years. She proudly serves on the Seattle Culinary Academy’s Technical Advisory Committee. She is a longstanding member of the Association of the Study of Food and Society and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Education: MA Food Studies, New York University BA Anthropology & Performance Studies, New York University

3 thoughts on “It’s Time for Lunch in Seattle

  1. This is super important. It reminds me of how I would skip lunch than to eat what they offered at school!

    any clue to where the eat-in would happen? would love to participate and even help out!

    A group of us was trying to brainstorming to do other eat-in event in Seattle. We thought it’d be fun to do a super long picnic and how it’d be so neat to see all the various colors and patterns of everyone’s picnic cloths!

  2. That’s a great idea! The official Eat In should be on Labor Day, but the Time for Lunch Campaign is ongoing. Since it’s a challenge for us to organize such an event over the holiday, we encourage individuals and small groups to go to the link above and register your event with Slow Food USA. Your energy and enthusiasm is very much appreciated…we definitely want to know about what you do and possibly post pictures and reports on our website.

    I, too, remember the grey salisbury “steaks” and brown canned spinach from 1970’s and 1980’s school cafeteria and wince. A stomach churning result of a bright idea to cut education funding in favor of centralized kitchens, wholesale slop and “ketchup as a vegetable.”

  3. so there’s no eat-in event happening in seattle on labor day?

    I was under the assumption that there will be a seattle eat-ins happening that day and was planning to attend.
    but if there’s nothing planned, maybe the picnic idea can happen then…

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