Cooking up Change Day of Action in the News!

March 10, 2010

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Reporters and film makers speak with student chefs at the Capitol Hill briefing as part of the Cooking up Change Day of Action on March 2. Photos by Stacey Vaeth.

Last
week, Healthy Schools Campaign organized a Cooking up Change Day of
Action focused on bringing a healthy school lunch to Congress. We
traveled to Washington, DC with five high school students
from Chicago who presented the healthy, great-tasting school meal they
created at a Capitol Hill briefing on the future of school food.
Students spoke at the briefing alongside HSC founding executive
director Rochelle Davis, Cooking up Change National Honorary Co-Chairs Karen Duncan (wife of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) and Christie Vilsack
(wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack), and Louise Esaian,
logistics officer and head of school nutrition programs for Chicago
Public Schools. Their award-winning lunch of jambalaya, cornbread and
cucumber salad was served the same day in the House of Representatives
Longworth cafeteria.

In the week leading up to the day of
action, advoates around the country spoke up for school food reform,
inviting their legislators to attend the briefing, urging them to try
the student-designed lunch in the cafteria, and encouraging them to
vote for a strong and well-funded reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

We
offer many, many thanks to everyone who reached out to their
legislators and everyone who told their friends about the campaign. We
are so grateful to the individuals who made contributions to help with
the cost of bringing the meal to Congress. And we thank all of the
advocates who helped spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. Today we
offer special thanks as well to all the writers and reporters who
helped raise awareness of the students' efforts.

Check out some of the
great pieces that help tell the story of the Cooking up Change Day of Action and the need for healthy school food:

Q&A with Prominent School Food Reform Advocates
3.3.2010 | iVillage

Prize-winning student chefs tout healthy eats
3.3.2010 | Chicago Sun-Times

Cooking Up Change in School Lunch Nutrition
3.3.2010 | Fooducate 

Chicago Students Cook Lunch for Congress
3.3.2010 | The Slow Food USA Blog

Kids Feed Capitol Hill To Beef Up School Lunch Money
3.2.2010 | NPR.org

CPS students cook for Congress
3.2.2010 | ABC Chicago

Winning Students Cook on Capitol Hill—and Call for Reform
3.2.2010 | iVillage

Chicago High School's Top Chefs Cook for Congress
3.1.2010 | NBC Chicago

Cooking Up Change
3.1.2010 | Gapers Block 

Cooking Up Change
3.1.2010 | Lunchbox

We can't say thank you enough to everyone who helped spread the word about this exciting effort!

Stay posted for more photos and video of the students in DC!

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