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It's lunch time: Labor Day Eat-In happening at Mellon Park

On Labor Day, Slow Food Pittsburgh will be participating in the "Time for Lunch" National Eat-In & Day of Action. You're invited to join the party.

The goal of the event is to encourage a national conversation about getting real food into school lunch programs across the country and send a message to our nation's leaders that our children deserve better school lunches. More than 200 Slow Food chapters across the nation are planning Eat-Ins and inviting their communities to participate.

"There's a big difference between what's served in schools and at snack time and what we would call food," says Greg Boulos, western regional director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and an organizer of this event. "The better the nutrition, the better behaved they will be, the more attentive, the more cognizant they'll be at school."

You can get involved and add your voice to the discourse by attending the Eat-In, which happens on Monday at Mellon Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you go, you're asked to bring a potluck dish to share, a plate, any necessary silverware and a cloth.

In addition to dining and discussing, attendees are invited to use their cell phones to call legislators during the event (phone numbers and talking points will be provided). You'll also be asked to sign a petition about the importance of healthy school lunches for our nation's students.

You can sign up to attend the event at Slow Food USA's website. And check out the "Time for Lunch" Policy Platform.

Writer: Melissa Rayworth
Source: Greg Boulos, PASA
Image courtesy of Slow Food Pittsburgh
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