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March 21, 2014
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RFKM E-News

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School Food on the BOE Agenda for June 3!

As you probably know, last week saw the launch of our online petition to MCPS with the list of recommendations drawn from our supporters' priorities, as well as a similar list of requests sent to the Superintendent by Montgomery County Council VP George Leventhal and President Craig Riphotoce to MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr. Following a response from MCPS outlining why they should maintain the status quo, the Superintendent, Dir. of Food and Nutrition Services Marla Caplon, and MCPS BOE President Phil Kaufman (with 4 more BOE members in attendance) appeared before the Montgomery County Council's Health and Human Services/Education Committee to respond to the RFKM recommendations. RFKM Co-Director Karen Devitt, shown above seated next to the Superintendent, testified on behalf of RFKM. We were very thankful to have been at the table and to finally have a forum in which to see the concerns of our supporters addressed. We have learned that the Board of Education is slated to address the issue of school food in their June 3 meeting at 10 a.m., so please mark your calendars to come out in force to that meeting. The HHS/Ed Committee meeting, which for hard core food advocates like me was more exciting than an episode of House of Cards, is available for viewing at the County Council's web site (under Committee Work Sessions, HHS/ED - 3-20-14 Mar 20, 2014). 
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Join us for Wine-Pairing Farm-to-Table Dinner

When: April 5, 6-9 p.m.dinner_photo
Where: Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery
12051 Nebel St. 
Rockville, MD 20852
Cost: $150 couple (or pair of friends) / $80 individual
Registration Deadline: March 30

Join RFKM in a backdrop of fine art for an elegant farm-to-table wine-pairing dinner prepared by Catering by Seasons, the highest-rated green caterer in the DC metropolitan area. There are a limited number of tickets, so don't wait to sign up!


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

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Sign our petition

If you haven't yet, please sign our  online petition today. We are already up to 766 signatures but we would like thousands! Please keep sending it around to your friends, posting it to community listservs and sharing through social media.

Added Sugars

Did you know your child can have a cinnamon roll and a chocolate milk at breakfast in MCPS and will have exceeded the daily American Heart Association recommendation for added sugars by 2 teaspoons?
See the MCPS sugars chart

MCPS Transparency Challenge

MCPS claims they are doing the utmost to be transparent about the items offered a la carte in MCPS. If you haven't  searched for it yet, we'd love to have a few parents try to find the list of items sold a la carte in MCPS on the web site for the Dept. of Food and Nutrition Services. Record how long it takes you to locate 4 a la carte items that aren't part of the regular menu and report back to us at realfoodmcps@gmail.com

Chemical Additives

Did you know that there are 49 items being sold in MCPS with chemical additives deemed 'caution or avoid' by CSPI ? Included in this 49 are 12 items that contain trans fats. See the MCPS Additives Chart
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