|E-News May 29, 2018|
Pizza Reduced to Once a Week in Elementary Schools
In conjunction with Susan McCarron, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for MCPS, RFKM is glad to announce that your concerns about repetition of kid foods has been heard and MCPS has reduced pizza to a once a week offering in elementary schools in MCPS (down from twice a week)! In addition, Ms. McCarron indicated that entrée salads will be offered once a week in elementary schools next year, rather than only once a month.
Ms. McCarron announced these changes in a report, Power Point and testimony to the MCPS Board of Education on May 21, 2018. Other announcements on upcoming and completed changes made during that report include:
Reductions in sugar in offerings including:
New entrées piloted with more widespread introductions planned this year and next:
New fruit and vegetables and sides piloted with more widespread introductions planned this year and next:
Expansions of vegan, vegetarian and salad options:
We’re very excited to see that MCPS has been listening to your voices that we have helped to transmit through our meetings, advocacy campaigns and School Food Environment Grades and thankful to Susan McCarron for the leadership and collaborative spirit she has shown in her first year as Director of DFNS. You can share your appreciation and thanks with Ms. McCarron through her email.
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