There's a battle going on in school lunchrooms around the country...and it's a battle our children can't afford for us to lose.
Come join us at the Doylestown Bookshop to discuss Lunch Wars by Amy Kalafa WITH Amy Kalafa!!!!!!.
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The average kid will eat 4,000 school lunches between kindergarten and twelfth grade. But what exactly are kids eating in school lunchrooms around the country? Many parents don't quite know what their children are eating-or where it came from. As award-winning filmmaker and nutritionist Amy Kalafa discovered in researching her documentary film Two Angry Moms: Fighting for the Health of America's Children, these days it's pretty rare to find a piece of fresh fruit in your average school lunchroom amid all the chips, french fries, Pop-Tarts, chicken nuggets, and soda that's being served. But what, if anything, can parents do about it?
Written in response to the onslaught of requests she received from parents who saw her film and asked, "If I want to attempt to change the food culture in my kid's school, how on earth should I get started?!" this empowering book arms parents with the specific information and tools they need to get unhealthy-even dangerous-food out of their children's school cafeteria and to hold their schools and local and national governments accountable for ensuring that their growing children are served healthy meals at school. In Lunch Wars, Kalafa explains all the complicated issues surrounding school food; how to work with your school's "Wellness Policy"; the basics of self- operated vs. outsourced cafeterias; how to get funding for a school garden, and much more. Lunch Wars also features the inspiring stories of parents around the country who have fought for better school food and have won, as well as details Amy's quest to spark a revolution in her own school district.
For the future health and well-being of our children, the time has come for a school food revolution.
We meet at 6:15 with the discussion starting promptly at 6:30. After an hour and a half of what is almost always spirited discussion, we have been heading over to a local eatery for some "social time". Some people chose to bring a "pot luck" dish inspired by the book we've read. EVERYONE is welcome. You don't have to be a member of the Co-op. Mention that you are purchasing the book for the Food For Thought Book Club, and you'll receive 20% off your book price at the Doylestown Bookshop.
The Doylestown Food Co-op will be joining with other organizations who care about this topic on September 26 as we show Two Angry Moms at the County Theater as the third in this years Farm Fresh Film Series. Learn more here.