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May 16, 2014
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RFKM E-News 


MCPS Switches to Dye-Free Frozen Sorbets (AKA "Sidekicks")

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We were pleased to learn that MCPS has replaced their "Sidekicks" frozen juice desserts with a dye-free option from the same company. According to Marla Caplon, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, "We have replaced the “Sidekicks” with the one with no artificial ingredients." In August, after speaking with Ridgefield's, the maker of "Sidekicks", and determining that they offered at least one flavor without artificial food dyes, Lindsey Parsons, Co-Director of RFKM, requested that MCPS offer the dye-free option. She was very pleased to learn yesterday that this change had been made. While MCPS may be using up leftover stocks of "Sidekicks" with dyes, from now on, purchases will only be made of the dye-free option. Please write Ms. Caplon and thank her for making this change. 

If you'd like to see these kinds of positive changes to the MCPS food continue, please consider donating to support the work of RFKM.

RFKM Launches New Web Site

RFKM is proud to announce the launch of its new, redesigned web site. While the site is hopefully easier to navigate and more 
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attractive, the exciting news is all the additional information it contains, including: 
  • Ingredient lists and nutritional profiles of a large number of the foods served for breakfast and lunch at MCPS. 
  • A history of food advocacy in MCPS
  • Quotes from RFKM supporters (taken from our petition) on almost every page of the site
  • Pages offering ways for all types of supporters to get involved, from students, to parents to community members
Please take a look at it and let us know what you think (and of course if you find any errors or have suggestions for how to improve it).


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. 

Food Revolution Day Friday, May 16

Today is Food Revolution Day, a campaign of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Our petition is up to 1373 signatures.  Let's make it to 1500 by the end of Food Revolution Day!


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

At-Large Board of Education Candidate Forum Monday the 19th

The Montgomery County League of Women Voters Forum for At-Large Board of Education candidates will be held this Monday, May 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Avenue (at Arcola) Wheaton, MD 20902. This is the only Board of Education race in the June 24 primary as there are 4 candidates. Please go and ask about school food!

Resources/ Articles to Check Out 

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 
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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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