Eat-In Gwinnett set for Monday

DACULA - Rancho Alegre Farm in Dacula will be the site of one of about 300 "Eat-Ins" taking place nationwide on Labor Day.

The "Eat-Ins," or potlucks, are a component of the Time for Lunch Campaign, a project of Slow Food USA. The nonprofit organization's campaign is designed to increase awareness of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

Every five years, Congress works to improve, tweak and reauthorize the federal child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program. This is the year for reauthorization, and the campaign supports increased funding for the National School Lunch Program, as well as funding for a Farm to School Program, an unfunded provision included in the 2004 Act.

"I think this is a really beneficial, easy way to support the National School Lunch Program," said Margaret Kolk, coordinator of the Eat-In Gwinnett. "It's about improving the National School Lunch Program."

Eat-In Gwinnett has partnered with Pilar Quintero of Rancho Alegre Farm for Monday's event, according to a news release. The working farm will host a potluck picnic in their event pavilion, which is surrounded by playgrounds, organic vegetable gardens and farm animals such as horses, goats, donkeys and chickens..

The event, which starts at noon, is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a picnic and their own plates, utensils and cups to reduce waste. The farm is at 2225 Givens Road in Dacula.

SideBar: If You Go

What: Eat-In Gwinnett

When: Noon Monday

Where: Rancho Alegre Farm, 2225 Givens Road, Dacula

Cost: Free