Today, October, 24th, is the first Food Day (foodday.org), sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the purpose of which is to:
“bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.”
With October also being National Farm to School Month (http://www.farmtoschoolmonth.org), the good food vibes are in the air, and at Chesnut Elementary, literally on the walls and coming over the loudspeakers.
At their first after-school meeting, Chesnut Changers students learned about the benefits of eating locally grown food and devised a plan to promote Dekalb County’s new Farm to School lunch program, which features one Georgia grown fruit or vegetable on the lunch menu each month. This Wednesday the cafeteria will be serving up Georgia grown Granny Smith apples, and the students have created posters (made from recycled cardboard) hung throughout the school, and a cheer for the morning announcements to help market this locally grown food to their peers.
Parents, please consider joining your child for lunch on Wednesday and sending your child to school with a Granny Smith apple if they don’t buy school lunch, so they can join in the fun. We will report on the success of our local food promotion at our next after-school Chesnut Changers meeting, on November 1st.