September 7, 2009
Organizer: Candice Woo, Slow Food Urban San Diego
Slow Food Urban San Diego partnered with the World Beat Center for our Eat-In event. The World Beat Center in Balboa Park is another local non-profit organization dedicated to creating peaceful communities through art, culture, music and dance.
Our Eat-in had about 75 attendees, with everyone contributing to a bountiful and delicious array of fresh, local and home made food. Among the group was a local farm-to-table chef, representatives from other local community groups, educators, parents and lots of kids! We even met one couple who came down from Orange County just to attend our event.
Activities for children included making “seed tape” which the kids took home with planting instructions. Art supplies were provided and kids were encouraged to draw pictures of their favorite healthy foods.
World Beat Center has an edible and ornamental garden complete with solar powered fountain and a seating area made using a sustainable building technique. We conducted educational garden tours and invited attendees to explore the area.
A wonderful group of Slow Food Urban San Diego volunteers provided attendees with information about the National Time For Lunch Campaign and collected both adult and kid signatures on the petitions - in fact, as we were entering our collected names to the Slow Food USA site, the grand total reached the 20,000 mark! September Membership drive materials were also shared and many people joined on the spot. We were also able to meet some new volunteers who are looking forward to helping us with future events and programs. One of our Education Committee volunteers made a display of resources for families and teachers regarding school nutrition and one of our board members create a power point presentation on the Time for Lunch campaign that was available for viewing throughout the event.
All and all, it was a beautiful and convivial day in the park that was enjoyed by everyone and our chapter looks forward to continuing the School Lunch conversation with our community.