And it’s about time! (Seriously, when bloggers start asking whether or not we feed children like pigs, you know that something is dangeroulsy wrong with the U.S. school lunch program.)
In Madison, WI last week, a group of fourth graders who’d been learning about the Children’s Crusade and Martin Luther King decided to stage a peaceful protest.
What were they protesting?
Unhealthy and “gross” school lunches.
From the Slow Food blog:
Patricia Mulvey reports on the blog F is for French Fry that last Friday, a group of fourth-graders at Nuestro Mundo Elementary School in Madison, WI had planned to protest the unhealthy food served in their cafeteria by staying behind in class during recess and enjoying a home-cooked meal with fresh fruits and vegetables. Their “Real Food Picnic” – you might call it an Eat-In– was canceled, however, when the school district’s assistant superintendent alerted parents and administrators and asked them to discourage the event, citing concerns about food allergies, lack of supervision and the presence of news media.
How awesome is it that children, on their own initiative, organized a “Real Food Picnic”?
I’m saddened that the parents caved to the school district’s pressure. According to one of the children organizing the event, they had planned some really good meals for the protest and were hoping that lots of people would enjoy the fresh homemade food. They also hoped the school district would feel the financial impact of selling fewer lunches on that day.
But the kids were not deterred. Instead of serving up alternative food, they’ve organized a letter writing and petition campaign. Plus, parents have requested a meeting with school administrators to discuss how to improve school lunches.
I just feel like cheering this kids on.
GO! KIDS, GO!