|E-News May 10, 2017|
Why We Won't be Going Backwards in MCPS
I’m sure you all saw the eye-popping headlines that Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is rolling back Obama-era nutrition guidelines for school lunch. While the only rollbacks we know about are to allow waivers to continue on the whole grain rich requirement (that all grain products must be at least 50% whole grain), to allow 1% (and not just skim) flavored milk, and to delay a reduction in sodium, they are of concern, because they are a microcosm of the reversals in preventative health measures passed under the Obama administration. One of the most important of those reversals is the effort underway by the food industry (and supported by FDA Commissioner nominee Scott Gottlieb) to delay the rollout of new food labels that will list added sugar, which is scheduled for summer 2018.
Our Local Efforts To Maintain and Improve Standards
So in the midst of all this, what has RFKM been doing to stem these reversals locally and to instead move forward?
So while the headlines are scary, rest assured that we have your back here in MoCo and we won’t be moving backwards! And if you can, we have a sizeable budget shortfall in May and we could really use your financial support to fill it in. Thanks!
A Welcome Message from Real Food for Kids
To all RFKM members:
Welcome to Real Food for Kids! We are so excited that Montgomery is officially a chapter (we have been associated together since your inception in 2012). Our goal is to work together to promote healthier options in our schools for all students, support the changes that Food and Nutrition Services are making, and educate students and their families on making healthier choices. We are excited to see this movement grow in the region and welcome your input, thoughts, and feedback. Want to stay connected? Please click here for our most recent newsletter, where you can sign up to receive it on a regular basis. We have a lot going on! Please reach out to us at any time if you have any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in creating a culture of health in our schools. All the best,
JoAnne Hammermaster, Co-founder and Executive Director
Real Food for Kids
Serving Up School Lunches Of Tomorrow
Watch some of the great school lunch ideas being piloted and studied in San Francisco AND they got rid of a la carte because of equity concerns.
|Give Your Wealth Away: An Argument For a Secular Tithe
Did you know the working poor are, as a class, the most generous group in America? They reliably give away 4.5% of their income. The middle class on the other hand, are the least generous, giving just 2.5% on average. The above article details how the author, J.D. Roth, starts to make charitable giving a key part of her financial future. She takes steps by giving 10% of her freelance work to charity, teaching her kids how to give by splitting their allowance into categories (giving, spending, & savings), and giving small donations to different organizations to spread her impact.
Articles and Jobs of Interest
Lunch Shaming Update: A NYT Editorial, a Viral Video and More
Arsenic Is In Rice - Should you worry?
Montgomery County and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Approve Increased Healthy Vending
Yes, School Meal Standards Just Got Weaker – But Not As Much As You Think
Possible Delay For New Nutrition Labels
Keep watch for these three new labels on packaged foods
Los Angeles USD Says Goodbye to McTeachers’ Nights
Short-term dieting could leave a lasting mark on gut microbiome, according to new mouse study
The United Fresh Produce Association seeks Director/Vice President of Nutrition & Health
Fair Farms Maryland Campaign Manager
|Food for Profit
Dreamed of starting a food-based business in the county? There is an upcoming food entrepreneurship training program on how to start and operate your own small food product business on June 7th at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, MD. Register here
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