On June 4, 2011, the National School Lunch program will turn 65. Signed into law by Harry Truman in 1946, the program now provides low-cost or free lunches to over 31 million children daily. While opinions certainly vary on the quality of these lunches, one fact remains: the program has the immense potential to address very real issues of hunger, nutrition and obesity for America's littlest eaters.
On Friday, March 25th a local coalition in Charlottesville will host a screening of Lunch Line, a documentary film that details the history of the school lunch program, followed by an exciting panel discussion that will explore what kinds of solutions exist and how you can help bring them to your school. Panelists include local school nutrition directors, UVA professors, a state representative, and even a leading school lunch-focused journalist!
Now is the chance to have your voice heard! Join the conversation and get involved!
What: Lunch Line screening and panel discussion
When: March 25, 6:30pm
Where: MLK PAC
How: Free and open to the public
RSVP: on Facebook, or just show up!
Ed Bruske, chef, journalist, blogger and author of the Cafeteria Confidential column on Grist.
Alicia Cost, Charlottesville City Schools Nutrition Services Dept. Registered Dietician
Andrea Early, Director of School Nutrition Harrisonburg City Schools
Charles Green, Dir. Marketing & Development, VA Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Matt Trowbridge, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine UVA School of Medicine
Moderated by Tanya Denckla-Cobb, UVA Prof. Urban & Environmental Planning, author of "The Gardener's A-to-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food"
To whet your appetite, check out this trailer for Lunch Line:
Lunch Line Trailer from uji films on Vimeo.
This special screening is made possible by the following event partners and sponsors:
Local Food Hub
Blue Ridge Backyard Harvest
Univ. of Virginia Food Collaborative
City Schoolyard Garden Project
Cville School Food Initiative
Slow Food Albemarle-Piedmont
A Pimento Catering
Whole Foods Market Charlottesville