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

Throughout Lucy’s career, she has been successful in bringing together a variety of stakeholders from private, non-profit and government agencies to tackle complex problems within our food system. From small family farms and food business start-ups to the largest companies in the world, Lucy has helped clients understand how to leverage ever-changing trends in the marketplace and realize opportunities for product development, profitable target engagement and brand resiliency. As Mickey Rooney did when joined forces with his fellow teens to “put on a show” in the film Babe’s in Arms, Lucy and her team at Northwest Agriculture Business Center joined forces with community partners to create the Puget Sound Food Hub. It is a network of over forty independent farms and nonprofit organizations operating cooperatively to market, aggregate and distribute locally produced food to businesses and institutions. The unique model was designed to create a fair and efficient local food infrastructure, strengthen local food economy, increase access to healthy food for all, train the next generation of family farms, and reduce cost and waste. Lucy was named “2014 Western Innovator” by the Capital Press newspaper. In coordination with City of Seattle and partner agencies, she advised on the development and continuation planning of the award winning food access program called Farm to Table, to ensure sustainable growth while increasing participation. Farm to Table was nationally recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “Health Champion” in 2012 and was awarded the 2014 Sustainability Leadership Award for Resource Impact from Sustainable Seattle and 2015 Unites States Conference of Mayors Childhood Obesity Prevention Award. In 2003, Lucy authored “Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions” (2003), a collection of stories and recipes that emerged from a three-year oral history project that she led for the New York Food Museum‘s 1st New York International Pickle Day in 2001. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, Food Network and NPR’s Morning Edition. Summary: Program Leadership Strategic Marketing & Communications Sustainable Brand Development Partnership Development Research Planning, Analysis and Reporting Food Systems & Value Chain Coordination Writing and Editing Public Speaking Education: MA Food Studies, New York University BA Anthropology & Performance Studies, New York University For additional career details, please visit her LinkedIn profile. Volunteer Life Lucy is currently active member of several advisory boards, including: Real Food Challenge Real Foods Standards Council City of Seattle Farm to Table Program Cornell University Cost-Offset CSA Intervention Project

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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