Friday, April 8, 2011

The Chicago Area Food Studies Working Group Inaugural Meeting

At the Office of Sustainability, Earth Month is revolved around planning events to bring the UIC community together to celebrate our efforts to create a better environment. When planning Earth Month, many other events are discovered that carry out the same mission!

The Chicago Area Food Studies Working Group Inaugural Meeting hosted the screening of the new film Lunch Line based, in part, on the book, School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of Americas Favorite Welfare Program, by UIC History Professor, Susan Levine.

Lunch Line, explores the history and current challenges of the National School Lunch Program. Begun 1946, the program now feeds more than 31 million children every day. The film follows six students from Chicagos Tilden Academy as they set out to fix school lunch and end up at the White House. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people might realize.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

The Chicago Area Food Studies Working Group brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines and institutions to discuss issues in the politics, culture, and history of food. Following the screening, they hosted a discussion with light refreshments.

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