|E-News June 13, 2017|
Takoma Park Elementary School Receives 2016-2017 School Food Improvement Awardstaff and community members. The fresh, local, seasonal produce comes from a farm in Montgomery County and is grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs. Pasture-raised eggs and chicken as well as fruits and vegetables are available, as well as complete meal kits using farm-fresh ingredients. The farm stand takes all forms of payment, including EBT/SNAP.
On June 1, 2017 Takoma Park Elementary School (TPES) was awarded the School Food Improvement Award for their efforts in improving the school food environment and overall well-being of TPES students.
Furthermore, recognizing that outdoor spaces are vital to whole-school wellness efforts, since 2013, the TPES PTA's Playground and Field Committee has:
News from Fairfax Chapter of Real Food for Kids
In recent news, a group of students from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA, who won the 2017 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, recreated their Chicken Shawarma dish for the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Food and Nutrition Services in an effort to get the dish into the FCPS lunch line next year. FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will review the recipe to determine how it can be implemented, with plans of making it available in late fall.
Whole Foods 5% Day Recipient: Montgomery County Food Council
The Montgomery County Food Council has been chosen by Whole Foods as their 5% Day recipient for Thursday, June 22nd! On this day, 5% of the net sales from all Montgomery County Whole Foods stores will be donated to the Montgomery County Food Council. Show your support by shopping at a Montgomery County Whole Foods on June 22nd. The Food Council is part of the Healthy School Food Maryland coalition and has been supportive of RFKM's efforts to improve the nutritional value of the food in MCPS.
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Customer Happiness Specialist - KOL Foods, Silver Spring MD
Shelter Meal Cooks - Come help cook meals for the MCCH men's shelter in Rockville. Volunteers are needed one Friday of each month from 11am-2pm. No experience necessary!
June 30, July 28, and August 25, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
610 S Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Whole Foods 5% Day Volunteer for MoCo Food Council
June 22, Various time slots throughout the day
Montgomery County Whole Foods store: Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Kentlands, Rockville, or Silver Spring
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