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May 23, 2014
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RFKM E-News 


Deadline Fast Approaching: Please Sign our Petition for Better School Food in MCPS

We're up to 1470 signatures and would like to reach 1800 by the June 3 BOE meeting.  Please help us reach our goal!  Grassroots pressure is the only way to effect the kinds of changes that will bring healthier food to all kids in MCPS.

If you are an MCPS parent, please help us out at this critical time

For the first time since we began our work in October of 2012, school food is on the school board agenda. Prior to that meeting, we need you to do one of three things for us (or more):

1. Email the members of the Board of Education


to ask them to support the changes to school food requested by Real Food for Kids - Montgomery in our petition (


Your email would be strengthened if you choose one or two of the points from the petition that affect you and your family and discuss them. You could also mention why you don’t let your child eat school lunch or don’t let them eat it often, if that is the case, and how these changes would make it more likely you would participate in school lunch.


2. Call one at-large Board of Education Member and the Board of Education member from your district, ask them to support the changes requested in RFKM’s petition and tell them about your concerns with the school food (best to keep it to things within the realm of the petition).


District map: - zoom in to see subtle district numbers in the middle


Members by district

District 1 – Dr. Judy Docca - 301-670-3234

District 2 – Ms. Rebecca Smondrowski - 301-279-3617

District 3 – Ms. Pat O’Neill (BOE VP) - 301-320-7600

District 4 – Mr. Chris Barclay - 301-431-7736

District 5 – Mr. Mike Durso - 301-924-3169


At-large members

Mr. Phil Kauffman (BOE President) (If your last name begins with A-M, call Mr. Kauffman) - 301-924-3133

Ms. Shirley Brandman (If your last name begins with N-Z, call Ms. Brandman) - 301-320-6564


3. Come to the June 3 Board of Education Meeting where they will be discussing school food. Meet outside the meeting room at the Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850 at 9:00 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. meeting. There is a big parking lot – enter in the glass doors on the right side of the building and the meeting room is just on your right. Our strong presence here will be very important to them taking this movement seriously, so please make it a priority to come.


Additionally, in order to keep track of who you were able to contact and if you can join us for the meeting on June 3rd, please use the sign-up genius to document your progress and RSVP. The link to the page can be found here:

We realize this is a lot to ask of you during this busy time of year, but please do as much as you can.  This effort is the culmination of 18 months of hard work, and will position us for more positive change in the coming school year.


Thank you!!



We're Hosting an Online Auction!

Looking for that perfect graduation present or birthday gift? Look no further. RFKM is hosting an online auction of some of our leftover goodies from our Silent Auction at our Wine-Paring Dinner.  We are auctioning off items from Holly Harmon Health, Fitness Together Capitol Hill, Eyma Salon & Spa, and YES: Your Edge for Success.  If you missed out on these items, or our silent auction, now is your chance to bid again! The Online Auction starts at midnight on Thursday, May 15 and ends on Sunday, May 25.  Items and time are limited so don’t wait to place your bids! 

Starts: May 15th, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
Ends: May 25th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Food Jam Hackathon May 31-June 1

Montgomery County is hosting a “Food Data Jam” from May 31-June 1. This free event features lots of interesting speakers, and a $1,000 prize for the best idea/solution in the food/agriculture arena. There is even a challenge specifically around school food. 

RFKM and Washington Spirit

Mark your calendar for two fun nights with the Washington Spirit, Maryland's professional women's soccer team:  Wed. July 2 and Wed. July 30. RFKM will have a table at these two 'Spirit Cares' nights at the Maryland Soccerplex Stadium in Boyds, MD.  Call Deanna Terelle at (240)780-8582 or order tickets online.  Use promo code "RFKM" to get a $5 discount.


Please bookmark our Amazon site (it will say CILSFA, our fiscal sponsor) 
for when you shop on to benefit RFKM. Thanks!

RFKM in 145 schools - 72% of MCPS!

Check out our new updated School Cluster list.  Thanks to our presence at the wildly successful Matsunaga Milk Run and Health Fair, we have added 45 new supporters and 5 new schools.  If you are from a school not yet represented (highlighted in yellow), or know anyone, please let us know.  We'd love to have 100% representation by the time school starts up again in August.

Sugar in MCPS

Did you know a child in MCPS can have a chocolate milk and a cinnamon roll at breakfast (free – in the classroom!) and will have exceeded the American Heart Association recommendation for added sugar - for the entire day? The AHA recommends that children ages 4-8 consume no more than 3 tsps. (12 g) of added sugar per day. MCPS' 8 oz. chocolate milk and cinnamon roll carry a total load of 5.25 tsps. (21 g) of added sugar. For lunch, our student has her second chocolate milk of the day, a 4 oz. serving of yogurt, and pancakes. Total added sugars for lunch: 6.25 tsps. (25 g). Total for breakfast and lunch combined:  11.5 tsps. (46 g), almost triple AHA's recommended daily limit. And our student hasn't even sampled the cookies, ice cream, Rice Krispie Treats, and Welch's Fruit Snacks yet! 

Currently one third of all American children are overweight, and of that group, approximately 17% are obese. If this trend continues, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Research has implicated excess sugar in this health crisis. We believe MCPS should limit the array of 40+ products with added sugars it offers to its 151,000 students every school day. We believe exposing so many kids to this sugary fare is just wrong. Please sign our petition to bring healthier choices to our kids! 

Come Dance to Help RFKM May 31st 

RFKM Dance Party 
Fundraiser May 31st
sponsored by HOT DANCE/
(AKA Catherine & Susan)

Haven't danced in public 
photo of dance
since the last wedding you attended? Come join us, bring your spouse or a friend or even your kids and get down! Don't worry, there will be some 80's tunes in the mix! Snacks and drinks are included for a mere $20 (kids free). 

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8-12 p.m.
Where: Pathways Warehouse 9339 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Make sure you go to the BACK door!

The funds raised go to cover event expenses and all remaining funds will be donated to RFKM.

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