Last week Keep Food Legal launched its first-ever project, Opt Out of School Lunch. Through this project we aim to redefine the debate over school food by urging families to take back control of what their kids are eating.
Instead of simply joining the ongoing debate over what the government should feed schoolkids, we aim to shift the conversation by asking what families, kids, educators, local businesses, and taxpayers can do to work together and find simple solutions to the decades-old school lunch problem. But we need your support to make Opt Out of School Lunch a success!
We want to remind families that they can do better than the USDA can in feeding their children. Preparing a simple brown-bag lunch (or a lunchbox for younger kids) puts the power back in families' hands and shows children that their family is taking charge of their well-being. And because not every child can afford to take lunch to school, we're urging local businesses can play a key role in filling that gap.
What's the problem with the lunches served in public schools in the first place? For too long lunches served by public schools have been used as a virtual clearinghouse for unwanted and often unrecognizable foods produced in excess thanks to misguided federal government policies. But in recent years long-running jokes about various “mystery” ingredients in school lunches have been replaced by growing concerns over childhood obesity and other juvenile health issues.
We've already taken to the media to promote Opt Out of School Lunch. Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin used his weekly Reason magazine online column and an appearance on Laura Ingraham's radio show last week to unveil and spread the word about Opt Out of School Lunch.
We're seeking support to take the campaign nationwide and to make the project a success (by, for example, linking up local businesses with families in need). Want to make Opt Out of School Lunch a Success? Please donate today!
We are also seeking to fill several spots on a new school lunch advisory board. If you have expertise in this area--whether as an academic, policymaker, nonprofit head, or parent--and support the mission of Opt Out of School Lunch, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us here.