Manayunk strEAT Food Festival

If looking for a reason to get out of the city and find some of the area’s most popular food trucks, this Saturday’s Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival is the place to do it. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. food trucks, art vendors, and farmers’ markets will be set up along Main Street, between Green Lane and Shurs Lane. More than 20 trucks will be on site, including the Tot Truck, the Cow and the Curd, Pitruco Pizza, and Farm Truck Philly. Some restaurants along Main Street will also be a part of an apple themed food tour, in honor of the fall season. The festival is also a kick-off to Manayunk Restaurant Week, running from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4.

Pizza should be pizza, not a vegetable

According to the Huffington Post, the United States Congress voted to rebuke new USDA guidelines for school lunches that would have increased the amount of fresh fruit and vegetable in school cafeterias and instead declared that the tomato paste on frozen pizza qualified it as a vegetable.

The first thing that came to mind after reading about this new legislation was that this directly affects children of low income communities where children qualify for the free lunch program, and might I add, where obesity is more prevalent among children.

Is the health of children not worth investing in more fruits and vegetables for school lunches? Furthermore, wouldn’t it make more sense to Congress to invest in preventative measures by providing healthier foods at schools rather than having to pay for the costs of treating obesity?

It seems that Congress isn’t protecting the interest of children, but rather large food corporations.

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