|July 18, 2018|
Dear RFKM members,
As my kids and other Montgomery County children have settled into and are enjoying their summer break for the past three weeks, I have suddenly found myself “back to school” and learning a tremendous amount. I’m learning about all the fantastic work that has gone into creating and building this exceptional organization, Real Food for Kids – Montgomery; I am learning about and meeting amazing MCPS parents and other community members who are dedicated to our mission and prove it by volunteering their time, efforts and resources; and I am learning about all the work that remains to be done, and aligning myself with the priorities of our members and the spirit of our mission.
I feel lucky to be learning on the job because I am excited to make a larger contribution to the community in which my children are learning and growing. In my family, we strive to provide a holistic view of the “village” we reside in, stressing that service in school and our neighborhood and involvement in a variety of family and youth activities across the county is essential to full participation in life. Having spent most of my life in New York, Chicago, and Boston, and now the DMV, it's hard to imagine not living in a diverse and vibrant area. So when I consider issues like school food, I cannot imagine not seeking out diverse voices, such as parents of different backgrounds who may have varying perspectives on what constitutes culturally appropriate food offerings. That said, I was thrilled to learn from Montgomery County Division of Food and Nutrition Services Director Susan McCarron, that MCPS students were introduced to new scratch-cooked school lunches this year, including chicken coconut curry, turkey chorizo and Korean street tacos. It was reassuring to meet Susan and to learn that MCPS is diligently working to incorporate current nutritional recommendations with parent and student concerns, as articulated both directly by them and by advocacy organizations like RKFM. To that end, I am happy to be coming on to the job with our recently-polled members’ priorities consolidated into these three organizational priorities:
· Reduce added sugar to 10% per meal
· Ensure that all students have access to safe, clean water
· Decrease the use of processed foods
These are worthy and far-reaching goals, and I hope to hear directly from the many parents, students, teachers, local business owners and other stakeholders about how these issues affect the community. You--the members of the RFKM community--will be my most important partners in facilitating discussions around these priorities. I look forward to meeting many more of you and listening to your experiences and concerns.
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