November 17, 2010

School Lunch: Food for Thought

We love what we do at Tea, but first and foremost, we love being parents to our little citizens. Whenever possible, we make time in our busy workdays to help raise awareness and inspire social responsibility for our kids and communities. Tea currently supports multiple non-profit organizations, but we are always on the lookout for other non-profits that work on improving the lives of children.

A few weeks ago, a few of us started talking about the Slow Food Movement that started here in San Francisco. Founded in 1986, it is now an international movement with chapters all over the United States and across the globe. According to their website, the Slow Food Movement’s vision is to help create “a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.” This inspired us to look deeper into some of the current issues that now face our kids; eventually leading us to the topic of school lunches.

With Universal Children’s Day this Saturday, November 20th, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of what we learned and help spread awareness about children’s health & nutrition. Through our research, we found that improvements continue to be made, but that there is still an urgent need to do more.

We encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic of children’s health & nutrition with the Tea community in the comments field below or on Facebook & Twitter. Feel free to mention your favorite non-profits and child-related causes that you feel passionate about. Through your participation, you are helping spread awareness on Universal Children’s Day about issues that effect children around the world every day.

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School Lunch: Food for Thought

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  1. Patrick Henry says:

    A great article why the government should get out of the school lunch business (and every other business, too).

    Governments do very few things well… Growing bureaucracy and wasting money are some of them. When government gets into bed with industry, as it has to create the school lunch program (designed to help farmers sell excess produce at taxpayer expense), it can only do that which benefits the industry (in the case, farmers) first, not the children it’s supposed to help.

  2. Alicia says:

    I agree that parents play a very important role in this, but I think the U.S. government has a role to play as well.

    Though the policies of past presidents and administrations brought us to this point (including the farm subsidies – corn), I think it’s the responsibility of the government to help us create an ethical system, clearly communicating the facts, then giving us the opportunity to vote on policy issues that impact the health of all citizens, especially the little ones.

  3. Tanya says:

    From what I’ve read on their website, the Slow Food Movement/Time for Lunch campaign sounds great! I hadn’t heard of it before.

    Thanks for sharing and bringing some awareness to this issue!

  4. roziqin says:

    thanks for sharing

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  6. amber chin says:

    I know this is only remotely related but how about a “no choking” campaign. As a monther of 3 children under the age of 6 I am constantly seeing parents, schools and child care facilities give children foods that are major choking haazards. Carrot sticks, popcorn, whole grapes…..It drives me crazy. I am a registered dietitican and a physician assistant and I am constantly walking around educating people about this topic. I can not believe the lack of knowledge in this area. Just today, I picked up my 2 year old from the day care at the gym and she was chomping on a carrot stick that they gave her.

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