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April 3, 2014
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RFKM Featured in Spanish-Language Video by Somos Montgomery

RFKM Co-Directors Lindsey Parsons and Karen Devitt, as well as Advisory Committee member Aura Triana, were interviewed for this video on school food and our work.

We were also mentioned in an article in El Tiempo Latino: http://eltiempolatino.com/news/2014/mar/30/padres-de-montgomery-piden-menus-saludables-en-las/

And we now have our petition available in Spanish:  http://www.realfoodforkidsmontgomery.org/petition.htm

Please forward to your Spanish-speaking friends and neighbors or send to your school listserv if there are Spanish-speaking parents at your school.

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New Schools and Cluster List

Thanks to our petition, we have added 10 new schools and hundreds of new RFKM supporters, bringing our total to over 1800!  Let us know if you are at any of the schools still needing supporters (highlighted in yellow).

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds Film Featuring Brickyard Educational Farm

Please reserve a spot this week to ensure a showing of Open Sesame happens here in DC, featuring our sister organization, Brickyard Educational Farm. This will be a one-time screening, so don't miss out! Join the Brickyard folks in discovering the importance of seeds in our global community on April 22d, at Gallery Place Stadium, 701 Seventh Street NW, DC. Reserve tickets

Outreach

Any wellness events, health fairs, sports nights etc. in your school or community?  RFKM would love to be there to promote our mission and engage new supporters.  We'll be at SSI Middle School for the 3rd National Walk/Bike to School Day celebrated on May 7 and the 4th Annual
Matsunaga Milk Run and Health Fair
on Friday May 16. 


Save the Date! RFKM to Host Screening of "Lunch Hour"

lunch_hourOn Saturday May 3, RFKM will be hosting a screening of "Lunch Hour", a feature-length documentary that explores the national school lunch program, childhood obesity, and our addiction to unhealthy food (starring Rachel Ray, Robin Quivers, Marion Nestle, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Amie Hamlin, Peter Eisler, and Alex Jamieson). Following the film, James Costa, writer and director, will be on hand to lead a discussion. 

Details:  
May 3: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
 
Suggested donation:  $10 per person.  
Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

We Need Your Support

We count on member support to continue our work. Please donate as you're able.

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Tickets on Sale until 2 p.m. Today for April 5 Wine-Pairing Farm-to-Table Dinner

Okay . . . so I admit it, last week really wasn't the last chance, but today really is! Please join us for a lovely evening of music (Karen will be entertaining us with her keyboard), fine food and wine and a silent auction.

When: April 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery, 12051 Nebel St. 
Rockville, MD 20852
Cost: $150 couple (or pair of friends) / $80 individual
Registration Deadline: April 3, 2 p.m.

Over 900 signatures! Sign our petition today!


Unhealthy Food Marketing in Schools

If you missed the webinar, you can watch it here.

RFKM to Host Training

On Saturday April 26, from 10 am-12 noon, RFKM will be holding a training for our school representatives. We encourage all interested members to attend. We will work on school-based advocacy strategies such as presenting RFKM's work to your PTA, how to survey your school food environment, changes you can make at the local school level, starting a Wellness Committee, and dealing with opposition. RSVP to realfoodMCPS@gmail.com. Location TBA.

National Soda Summit

June 4-5, 2014
The National Press Club
Washington, D.C.

Join advocates, researchers, and state and local officials to learn the latest on taxes, warning labels, portion sizes, procurement policies, and marketing reform efforts across the country.  Click HERE to register or for more information.
realfoodmcps@gmail.com



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