Wednesday, November 4, 2015

UIS Speaker Series examines the U.S. school lunch in "Lunch Hour" simulation

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will take a close look at school lunches during a simulation called “Lunch Hour”. The event is co-sponsored by the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center and Student Government Association.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Student Life Building Gymnasium

DETAILS: “Lunch Hour” guests will be given $2.15 in simulated money and the opportunity to purchase real items to make their own school lunch.

After eating and assessing the nutritional value of the lunches, guests will view the 2014 documentary film Lunch Hour, by director James Costa.

Lunch Hour examines America’s national school lunch program which exposes children to unhealthy, but culturally accepted foods at a young age. It delves into the economic, political, cultural and historical challenges facing schools that wish to provide healthy lunches to their students.

The program will conclude with a discussion panel including members of a school administration, a school cook/chef, parent, student and a physician/ nutritionist with their unique viewpoints.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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