Posted on Fri, September 11, 2009 by Jerusha Klemperer
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by Slow Food USA Board Member Chef Kurt Michael Friese
All across the country this past Labor Day, folks gathered for picnics. Thats no surprise, of course. After all, it was a holiday, and the weather was grand across nearly the whole continent. But there was something unique about one group of picnics; 307 of them to be exact, in all 50 states. They were dubbed Eat-Ins (modeled on the sit-ins of the 60s), and they were a call to action by Slow Food USA
At those picnics, including one right here in Iowa City, more than 20,000 people gathered around tables in parks and farms and school grounds to tell Congress to fix the School Lunch Program. Most of the discussions at these events and in the press afterwards centered on improving the food itself through increased Federal spending and local food initiatives. But there was another topic directly relevant to Labor Day: the call to create green jobs with a School Lunch Corps.