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March 28, 2014
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RFKM on Front Page of the Gazette

We were very excited to be featured in an article on the front page of the Gazette on Wednesday March 26. The article, titled "Montgomery Council, advocates push for healthy school foods", resulted from the joint meeting of the County Council's Education and Health and Human Services Committees on Thursday March 20.
 
Also in Wednesday's Gazette, Karen and Lindsey's Letter to the Editor was printed, in response to the March 12 article "All the broccoli you can eat, kids (online title: County Council members want Montgomery students to get unlimited fruits, vegetables)". 

We're optimistic that all this positive press will result in more whole, delicious, fresh and nutrient-rich food for our kids!

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Many Thanks to Michael Jacobson and Lisa Lefferts of CSPI

This week, Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest), assisted by Lisa Lefferts, CSPI Senior Scientist working on food additives, delivered a letter to the Montgomery County Council members, Supt. Starr, MCPS Board of Education members, Marla Caplon (Director of MCPS’ Division of Food and Nutrition Services), and other interested parties. This letter came as a follow-up to discussion at last week's County Council meeting on chemical additives in school food. One of RFKM’s recommendations to MCPS is to replace items containing dangerous chemical additives with healthier alternatives.  This recommendation was forwarded by County Council President Craig Rice and Vice-President George Leventhal to MCPS Supt. Star on March 10.
 
In Supt. Starr’s response to this request, he states “All food and beverages available to MCPS students follow the regulations for food additives as specified by the Food and Drug Administration.” Jacobson’s letter explains why MCPS might want to go beyond FDA regulations, and cites the compelling research behind CSPI’s own recommendations of “Caution” or “Avoid” for certain additives found in MCPS food. We look forward to further discussion of this issue at the upcoming June 3 Board of Education meeting.

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.

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.

RFKM needs your support to continue our advocacy work.
Please help as you're able.

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Last Chance (until March 30th) to Buy Tickets for Wine-Pairing Farm-to-Table Fundraising Dinner with Silent Auction

Join RFKM in a backdrop of fine art for an elegant farm-to-table wine-pairing dinner prepared by Catering by Seasons accompanied by a silent auction. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we have some great items available for bidding, including gift cards to restaurants, a 60-minute massage, 5 sessions with a personal trainer, interior design, a 1-hour session with a nutrition/wellness coach, professional writing services, and many more… 

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: March 30

Petitión en españolRFKM Petition Available in Spanish

We now have a Spanish version of our petition available. Please forward to your Spanish-speaking friends or send to your school listservs as appropriate. You can find an introductory paragraph in Spanish on our web site

Almost 900 signatures! Sign our petition today!

 

Real Food 101 with Lisa Leake

The The Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center and Kindergarten Parents Committee invites you to "Real Food 101," featuring Lisa Leake, founder of the blog 100 Days of Real Food. Lisa will share her strategies for identifying and replacing processed foods in family diets. The evening will begin at 7:00 pm with a reception where you can sample some of Lisa's recipes along with a selection of organic wines and beverages.
Register here
realfoodmcps@gmail.com



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