To help Wake County citizens and decision makers have constructive conversations about school lunches, Advocates for Health in Action is sponsoring two screenings of Lunch Line in November. Lunch Line is a documentary chronicling the creation of the National School Lunch Program.
If you are a parent, teacher or simply someone who cares about the health and well-being of our children, this is an event that will be worth attending. Childhood obesity continues to rise, and it is an issue that needs to be faced head-on. Watching this documentary will enable you to become informed about the history and structure of the National School Lunch Program, as well as its challenges and opportunities.
Lunch Line tracks the story of six high school students who became interested in the issue of school lunch after entering a contest focusing on the topic. The documentary follows the students as they serve their meal to congressional leaders, tour the White House and learn about the issues surrounding school lunches. Their journey illustrates the challenges faced by food service directors nationwide, and outlines the various stances decision-makers have taken on the issue. The documentary openly and honestly discusses the overall problem, but also offers ways in which people can work toward improving the situation our children face daily.
1:00 pm and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.
The film’s co-producer Michael Graziano will lead a discussion following each showing, and he can be available for media interviews prior to the screening. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Wake County Healthy Schools Award program, an initiative launching January 2011 to recognize local schools for initiatives and successes that positively impact the health of our community’s children.
Laura Aiken is a community health specialist at WakeMed and is the director of Advocates for Health in Action.