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June 20, 2014
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RFKM E-News 


MCPS to Raise Lunch Costs Next Year to Comply with New Federal Regulations

Next year, lunch costs in MCPS will be raised by 5 cents. According to a memo from Superintendent Starr, additional costs will be incurred by federal requirements that students take a fruit at lunch and additional serving sizes of fruit be offered at breakfast, as well as the requirement to move from 51% of grain offerings being whole grain rich (at least 50% whole grain) to 100% of offerings. Prices will not change for breakfast or reduced-priced lunches. While RFKM hopes that this change will not prove to be a hardship for MCPS families, we welcome the positive changes to the nutritional value of MCPS food. We congratulate MCPS on its compliance with federal regulations while some other districts around the country delay these improvements and efforts are underway in the House of Representatives to roll back these positive changes due to industry pressure.  

Whole Child Coalition Puts Out Questionnaire for BOE Candidates

The Whole Child Coalition, a group of Montgomery County citizens who work for non-profit and community organizations and local businesses (including Lindsey Parsons, Co-Director of Real Food for Kids - Montgomery) and other community activists interested in educating the whole child, recently sent a questionnaire to all school board candidates covering a wide variety of topics, including school food. Responses from the five candidates who answered can be read at the link above.

All school board races are non-partisan and voting for the at-large seat will take place during the primaries, for which early voting started on June 12 and election day is June 24. All other races for school board will be determined in the general election. There are 4 contested seats on the school board. Please read the questionnaire responses, and go out and vote in this election! 

Webinars of Interest

Share our Strength is offering several webinars to train health educators in its curricula for healthier food choices and home cooking. See the links below to register.

Share our Strength's Cooking Matters® - Cooking Matters at the Store
Sponsored by Let's Move Faith and Communities and Share Our Strength
Tuesday, June 24th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - webinar 

Share our Strength's Cooking Matters® - Cooking Matters in Your Food Pantry
Sponsored by Let's Move Faith and Communities and Share our Strength 
Wednesday, June 25th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - webinar

Share our Strength's Cooking Matters® - Cooking Matters in the Home
Sponsored by Let's Move Faith and Communities and Share our Strength
Thursday, June 26th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - webinar

If every RFKM member gave $25, we would cover our budget for the year,
please support us!

Fruit Rankings

Ever wonder which fruits are the healthiest and whether that applesauce you put in your child's lunch is as good as a real apple? The answers are here in Food Day's Fruit Rankings

Articles of Interest

Petition to Continue

While RFKM did submit its petition to MCPS on June 3, because signatures continue to come in and we have no guarantees that our requests will be answered, we have decided to leave it open to continue to draw in more supporters. So if you missed signing it, please do now!

RFKM and the Washington Spirit

Mark your calendar for two fun nights with the Washington Spirit, Maryland's professional women's soccer team: Wednesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 30. RFKM will have a table at these two 'Spirit Cares' nights at the Maryland Soccerplex Stadium in Boyds, MD. Call Natalie Pardo, 240-812-7014 or 703-674-6093 for tickets or order online. Use promo code "RFKM" to get a $5 discount.


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