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E-News                                                       May 1, 2018
The School Food Environment Grades for 2017 are nearly done!
2018-04-30 (1)Can you help us in the final push to get them out with a donationWe’ve seen a 70 point increase in scores from last year statewide – proving that our work is effective in bringing about positive changes to the school food.

This work is very time consuming and detailed and requires a lot of staff time. Your help in supporting this work that is changing school food statewide and in our county is appreciated. Give now via PayPal (you will see the name of our fiscal sponsor, 
Chesapeake institute for Local Sustainable Food and Agriculture) OR via Facebook (no fees to RFKM). 

Thank you so much for your contribution! 
 
Online Silent Auction Leftovers

We still have a few items left from our Online Silent Auction. To bid on any of the items below, email lindsey@realfoodforkidsmontgmery.org by Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. with your opening bid and maximum bid (respecting the bid increment). 

Become a Health Coach Certification Program - 1 Admission to Health Coach Institute's 6 month program (Valued at $5,950.00)
 HCI_s550 Starting Bid: $2,000.00 
Minimum Bid Increment: $200.00
 

The online course is carefully delivered in 4 digestible pillars: Nutrition, Health & Wellness; Transformational Coaching; Personal Growth and Proven Marketing & Simple Business Systems.  Throughout the 6-month professional certification training you will learn the secrets to facilitating transformational experiences for your clients that will enable them to embody a new way of being that will create a positive ripple in every area of life. 

CF Services Group, Inc. - Social responsibility investment portfolio analysis (
Valued at $500.00)
Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 2.47.28 PMStarting Bid: $100.00 
Minimum Bid Increment: $25.00 


You do a lot to promote positive social and environmental change. Do your investments do as much as you do? The financial planners at CF Services Group, Inc. will provide you with an in-depth analysis of your portfolio in terms of its social and environmental impact. A risk analysis comparing the level of investment risk you are comfortable with versus your portfolio’s actual risk level is also provided. Together, these reports will help you understand the social, environmental and risk factors of your investments.

Our Young Chefs - One week of half-day summer cooking camp (Valued at $375.00)
Starting Bid: $150.00 chef
Minimum Bid Increment: $25.00

Our Young Chefs offers young people o
ne week of half-day summer cooking camp, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at a Silver Spring location. There is a choice of weeks for each age group, 8-12 years, 10-14 years and 14-17 years. Chef Sheila Crye, CCP, guides the young people as they create and then prepare their lunch menus, using the My Plate icon as a template. There is a maximum of 8 youths per session. At the end of the week, everyone goes home with great memories and a cookbook of all the recipes they prepared. 

If you want to bid on any of these amazing offers, email lindsey@realfoodforkidsmontgmery.org by Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. with your opening bid and maximum bid (respecting the bid increment). 


Thank you so much and Happy Bidding! 
 
Board of Education Questionnaire

The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) has released the MCCPTA
Candidate Questionnaire with responses to questions 2018-04-30 2from candidates for Board of Education who will appear in the June 26th primaries. Please read to see what their views are on food and nutrition along with other important issues that concern you. Visiting each candidate's web site is also a useful way to narrow down your choices. You can find a list of candidates and links to their web sites here. Please make an effort to be an informed voter - it helps our work!

For any Board of Education race for which there are more than 2 candidates, there will be voting in the primary on June 26, 2018, so please mark your calendars and vote!
 
Relief for Families on Reduced-priced Meals
2018-04-25
The Maryland Cares for Kids Act, which passed in the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly, will  provide relief for children who are eligible for reduced-priced lunches. Starting in fiscal year 2020, families will receive a credit of $.10 per meal against the current price, adding $.10 more each year until it's fully implemented in fiscal year 2023. Lunches for families who qualify for reduced prices currently cost $.40 in MCPS. This change also benefits children on a nutritional level, because students will no longer be carrying cash to cover the reduced price that they can use for snacks rather than paying for a complete, nutritious meal. For more information on the bill, see the Fiscal and Policy Note.
 
Support us through Amazon Purchases

Please register to automatically support RFKM (via our fiscal sponsor Chesapeake Institute for Local Sustainable Food and Agriculture) when you shop on Amazon.com by pressing on the link below. Thank you!
 
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Articles, Events, Workshops and Jobs of Interest
Events
Partnership for a Healthier America Summit - Wednesday, May 2 to Friday, May 4, 2018 

Maryland Parent Advocacy Summit: Advocating for Quality Health Education, Physical Education, and Physical Activity - Saturday, May 12, 2018

Food for Profit - Maryland Entrepreneurship Training Program - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Perennial Pasture Walk and Milking Robot Demo - Thursday, May 31, 2018


Healthy Eating Discovery Summer Camp 2018 - Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018 (one week session)

Workshops
Building an Herb SpiralFrederick, MD. Sunday May 6, 2018 from 1:00-3:30 pm.

Jobs
Community Health Worker - Community Health ad Empowerment through Education and Reasearch (CHEER)

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunites
Community Health ad Empowerment through Education and Reasearch (CHEER)

Co-Chairs for the Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity Action TeamChesapeake Foodshed Network (CFN)

AmeriCorps VISTA member - Montgomery County Food Council

Communications Assistant - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
 

realfoodmcps@gmail.com
www.realfoodforkidsmontgomery.org
(301) 202-4812

Real Food for Kids - Montgomery is a grassroots parent and student advocacy group working to promote whole, real, local, sustainable and nutrient-rich foods in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and is a chapter of Real Food for Kids.

 




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