Remember those awful cafeteria lunches from your elementary days? The very thought of it sends a chill down the spine, so you can only imagine the poor children who are still suffering with it. If you want healthy, delicious food to grace our public schools’ cafeterias, now you can take a stand. This Labor Day (Monday, September 7) Slow Food Phoenix will be staging an eat-in at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in response to the Child Nutrition Act, and the public is welcome to come and show its support.

The bill is up for reauthorization by Congress this fall, and these kiddos need your help. All you need to do is show up, bring a picnic lunch and show your support. Participants are also encouraged to bring a dessert for a sweet and tasty potluck following lunchtime.

Beyond a simple picnic, participants will get to see a school garden demonstration, take a kids cooking class with a famous local chef, get more information on food in schools and most importantly, send a message to our legislators that we want REAL FOOD in SCHOOLS!

The eat-in will take place in the Home Arts Building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, email