Eat In! Slow Food’s support of Child Nutrition Act

Give schools the resources to serve real food.

Support changes in this year’s Child Nutrition Act

1. Sign the petition:

2. Then attend one or all Eat In potluck gatherings (open to members and non-members)

Thursday, September 3

Eat In for Slow Food Seattle and Orca K-8 (BBQ and Potluck)

When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Orca School Garden, 5215 46th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Bring a dish and beverage
Contact Gerry at

Join Slow Food Seattle & the parents at Orca K-8 for a potluck or “Eat-In” to raise awareness to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act this September. Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch Campaign has rallied close to 250 Eat-Ins across the states to send a strong message to congress. Spread the word, bring a politician or two and sign the petition at

This is a FREE potluck event. Bring a dish to share, your own beverage and a place setting.

This fall, the Child Nutrition Act, which is the bill that governs the National School Lunch Program, is up for reauthorization in Congress. By passing a Child Nutrition Act that works for children, our nation can support a future where children’s health and healthy food systems are prioritized.

Monday, September 7

Eat-In for North King/South Snohomish Potluck

When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Marina Beach on Admiral Way South, Edmonds, WA
Bring a dish and beverage
Contact Mina Williams

Bring a dish and beverage to share, your reusable plate, cutlery and cup plus any comfort items – chair, blanket – you wish to enjoy the seaside park.
Come to the panoramic Marina Beach on Admiral Way South for the northend/south county Eat-In. Enjoy the bounteous potluck with your neighbors as the sun sets on Puget Sound and the Olympics. There is plenty of parking at the park, which is just north of the off leash dog park and just south of the dry dock area and the boat moorage at the Port of Edmonds. Bus service is available through Community Transit servicing the Edmonds Ferry Terminal and Edmonds Station (Amtrak and Sounder). The closest stop is on Dayton with a few blocks to walk.

Slow Food Snoqualmie Valley Potluck

When: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Grange Cafe in Duvall, WA

  • A delicious meal by local foodies & chefs with local produce/meat $15 per person (SF members $10) KIDS 12 AND UNDER FREE!
  • Taste tests for kids ~ grilling demo ~ healthy lunch & snack ideas nutrition facts ~ updates on local farm-to-school programs
  • Slow Food Membership Drive to get benefits and discounts with a donation amount of your choice
  • Book-signing with Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America ~  a vision of a sustainable food system
  • Contact Alida Sullivan

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