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May 30, 2014
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Hot Dance/Cool Planet Dance Party to Benefit RFKM This Saturday Night

cool planet dance photo 2 smallWhen: May 31st, 8-12 p.m.

Where: Pathways Warehouse 9339 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Make sure you go to the BACK door.

Sponsored by:  HOT DANCE/COOL PLANET! (AKA Catherine & Susan)

A little nervous about the idea of going out to dance? So was I, but I went out for Brickyard's dance party sponsored by the same folks and had a great time, so don't hesitate! Come join us, bring your spouse or a friend or even your kids and get down! There will be some 80's tunes and even a little salsa in the eclectic music mix! Snacks and drinks (wine, beer and others) are included for a mere $20 (kids free). 

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

Your Advocacy Help Needed Before Tuesday

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!!

Lindsey and Karen



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

This is officially your last chance to sign our petition - we'll print it out on Monday and deliver it to the school board on Tuesday of next week. We're up to 1818 signatures but are shooting for 2000.

Articles and Web Sites of Interest

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. 

"Don't eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." 

- Michael Pollen


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