September 7, 2009
It’s the Time for Lunch campaign’s National Day of Action as tens of thousands of people come together on Labor Day as part of more than 300 Eat-Ins (part potluck, part Sit-In) to tell Congress that it’s time to get real food into schools.
We’re sending a clear message to Congress that it’s time to update the Child Nutrition Act and invest in our children’s health, protect them from food that puts them at risk and teach healthy habits that will last through life.
The need for real school food has never been greater. Today, one in four children is overweight or obese, and one in three will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. In the face of this crisis, our schools are financially struggling to feed children anything but the overly processed fast food that endangers their health. For many children, school lunch is their only guaranteed meal of the day. Right now, those children are forced to choose between going hungry and being unhealthy.