Building a Better Lunchbox

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— Focus on Teaching Parents and Children How to Make Better Food Choices —

SALT LAKE CITY (September 13, 2010) – Dozens of local volunteers and members of Slow Food Utah are joining together on Saturday, September 25 for “Building a Better Lunchbox,” an event focused on teaching parents and children how to make better food choices for every meal of the day by using the resources around them. The event is free, open to the public, and will be held at the Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 South 900 West, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Councilman Van Turner will join the attendees at 2:30 p.m.  The event will feature over 20 interactive booths, cooking demos and food samples.

More than 225 local, volunteer-run Slow Food Chapters are organizing over 150 events for the Dig In! day of action.

They are joining thousands of people around the country who are participating in Slow Food USA’s first-ever “Dig In!”  This national day of action is aimed at creating a world where food is good for you, good for the grower and good for the planet.  “There is so much energy and interest around food issues in our community,” said Christi Paulson, Leader of Slow Food Utah.  “Dig In! is our way of turning that passion into action to help transform our food system into one that is healthier for eaters and the environment, fair to producers and workers, and delicious as well.” Local Utah sponsors include Seeds of Hope, Sorenson Unity Center, Whole Foods Market and Nicholas & Company.

More than 225 local, volunteer-run Slow Food Chapters are organizing over 150 events for the Dig In! day of action.  Activities include breaking ground on community and school gardens, canning and cooking workshops and organizing mobile farmers’ markets.

“By digging into these local projects, our volunteers are not only making a difference in their communities, they are clearly illustrating the incredible momentum that is building around the country toward fixing our broken food system,” said Josh Viertel, Slow Food USA President.  “By working together – and breaking bread together – we can build a food system that is good, clean and fair.”

Slow Food USA is a non-profit educational organization seeking to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system.  For more information about Dig In!, and other Slow Food programs, please visit


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