Monday, May 31, 2010
Local Grassroots Campaign Targets Improving School Lunches in Tacoma
A local grassroots campaign in Tacoma, Washington is looking to accomplish school lunch reform in the Tacoma School District. By gathering signatures on a petition, the campaign aims to demonstrate that Tacoma residents really want school lunch improvements and healthier foods for children. A staggering percentage of local school children are on free or reduced lunch and breakfast (and for some kiddos, this may be the biggest or only meals of the day). A "fast-food" style entree won't cut it for optimum health for ANY child. With the huge rise of organic food consumption, eating locally movements, and the national initiative, the Let's Move campaign with First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity, America is taking healthful eating seriously. And now, Tacoma residents can lend their voices to the campaign as well, by taking steps to address school lunches. Want to get involved in this petition? It's easy.
The first step is to visit the popular family website, tacomamama. In fact I'll just take you there, so click right HERE. Click on the petition link from the home page, read the instructions, and e-sign it. Now for those of you who don't live in the Tacoma area, check out tacomamama anyway for some excellent and well written information about school lunches. You may also sign the petition symbolically (I did!). I suspect, that for many of us in neighboring Tacoma communities will find that this information will serve as a great catalyst for examining our own school districts in our own cities.