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Last week, Slow Food Denver volunteer Andrew Nowak had the opportunity to sit down with one of Senator Michael Bennet’s staff members in D.C.

In the meeting with Senator Bennet’s staff, Andrew talked about his nine years of work coordinating Slow Food Denver’s Seed to Table School Garden Program. He also encouraged the Senator to help schools serve healthier food by passing a strong Child Nutrition Act and to include legislation to support purchases of local food through Farm to Cafeteria initiatives.

After, Andrew had a few words of encouragement for other Slow Food leaders:

“For someone who participated in this arena for the first time, I do feel closer to the process and have learned quite a bit of what goes on. I can’t say that I will become a total ‘political junkie’ after this experience, but I am a more informed voter. I think you should encourage other Slow Food leaders to reach out and connect with their representatives on this issue.”

Well said. Contacting your legislator’s staff is an opportunity to become someone on whom the staff relies for advice and information. It’s a particularly good idea if your Senator is on the Agriculture Committee, because they’ll begin marking up the Child Nutrition on March 24.

To learn more about Slow Food Denver’s work with local schools, check out what Andrew had to say in this recent article on INDenverTimes.com.