May 5: Change the Future of School Food

April 28, 2009

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May 5, 2009 – less than one week from today – is a day that could change the future of school food.

Takeaction A tasty, healthy school meal designed by high school students in Chicago will be served in the Capitol Hill cafeteria and at a nearby briefing on the future of school food, where the students will prepare the meal with White House chef Sam Kass. The meal, which won first place in HSC’s Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest, will also be served to more than 40,000 students in cities across the U.S. The student-designed menu of carrot quesadillas, stuffed peppers and refrascante salad exceeds the nutrition standards of the National School Lunch Program and highlights the importance of healthy food for the millions of schoolchildren who eat lunch at school every day. 

Please take a moment to urge your elected leaders to eat (school) lunch on May 5 and to support a strong, well-funded reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act that will make this type of healthy meal a daily reality in our nation’s schools.

Now, HSC has limited time to raise funds for the Chicago public high school students who designed the lunch to travel to DC to prepare the meal with White House chef Sam Kass at the Congressional briefing. Can you help make this trip possible by contributing to the students’ travel? Even a small donation will help create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and send a powerful message to policy-makers about the need for fresh, healthy school food. Click here to make a contribution.

Thank you for joining this effort to change the future of school food. Stay posted for updates as the nationwide events unfold!