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February 13, 2014
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RFKM Members in 129 Schools 

Our advocacy work has now spread to 64% of MCPS' 202 schools. With the addition of Greenwood Elementary School this week, the Sherwood Cluster now has a parent supporting RFKM in every school. This makes it the third cluster (after Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walt Whitman) to have an RFKM member in every school. Check out our list of schools by cluster to see how your area is doing (note that the highlighted schools do not have representation). Two other clusters need only one school to be complete: 1) Walter Johnson Cluster (Luxmanor ES) and 2) Richard Montgomery Cluster (Twinbrook ES).

If you know parents in schools not yet represented, please ask them if they would like to become a supporter of RFKM and promote healthier food in the schools.
 

One thing Bill Gates could do that would actually help kids in school

Check out this piece by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post from Feb. 4. She cites an article by Barbara Mayer, founder of Great Schools for America, which describes an innovative change in NYC Public Schools that took place over four years in the early 1980's. It's very relevant to our work here in MCPS because of data showing remarkable improvement in the test scores of children when added sugars, artificial colors and flavors, and the petroleum-based preservatives BHA and BHT were removed from the school lunches. Invest a few minutes of your time to read it - it's well worth it for the lessons we can bring to our advocacy.
 
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Pete's APizza Hosting Benefit Day for RFKM on Feb. 18th / Member Gathering from 6-8 p.m.

PetesApizza_Logo_ColorRFKM will host its next member gathering at Pete's New Haven Style APizza on Feb. 18th from 6-8 p.m. Bring your family, meet with Karen, Lindsey and other RFKM members and enjoy pizza and other dishes made with all natural ingredients (humanely-raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats and cheeses, local, seasonal produce when possible including some organic items, and all food and beverages free of high fructose corn syrup). RFKM will receive 25% of the profits all day long (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.), so if you can't make it in the evening, please order take-out or come have lunch to support us and mention our name! Pete's is located at 962 Wayne Avenue, Suite L-B, Silver Spring, MD. 20910. Their phone is 301-588-7383. Also, we need volunteers to stand in the doorway to Pete's, hand out our cards and ask people to mention our name when ordering from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on that same day. If you can do an hour slot, please e-mail us at realfoodmcps@gmail.com. We can sign off on SSL hours for people volunteering in the evening.
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Want to Earn SSL Hours? 

Middle and High School Students can earn SSL hours through a variety of volunteer activities. Email for more details. 
realfoodmcps@gmail.com

Tues. Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. Greet guests and hand out flyers at Pete's APizza, Silver Spring.

Sun., March 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hand out information on RFKM and sell healthy snacks. Edgemoor Clothing Exchange, Bethesda, MD. Also, start saving up nice, used clothes to donate to the sale on March 1.

Will you support the work of RFKM? 
We are still far short of our yearly budget. If each RFKM member gave $27, we would be finished fundraising for the year. Can you help?
Donate online here.

MOCO Food Council at Bethesda Green on 3/1

Join the Montgomery County Food Council for their public meeting at Bethesda Green on March 1 from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. to view the TEDx Conference "Changing the Way We Eat". Additional information

Help Finalize FDA's Ban on Unhealthy Trans-Fats
Be a part of history and help pass the ban on dangerous trans-fats.  Follow this link to RFKM's website to find out how.
realfoodmcps@gmail.com



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