As a teacher in MOCo public schools I see the negative effect this so called food has on students daily. Many of these students count on these meals as their only food for the day and sugar and chemicals aren't fitting for creating a positive learning environment.
-an MCPS Teacher
5 de febrero de 2015. Healthy School Food Maryland, la coalición de la cual formamos parte, preparó una nueva petición que se circulará en todo el estado, cuyo fin es promover siete iniciativas legislativas distintas que serán sometidas a votación en las sesiones de la Asamblea General de Maryland y que contribuirán a la adopción de reformas saludables a los servicios de comidas de todas las escuelas públicas de Maryland. ¡Gracias a las gestiones realizadas por RFKM a nombre de la coalición, tenemos legisladores que patrocinan todas nuestras iniciativas en la Cámara de Delegados y senadores que patrocinan 6 de nuestros 7 proyectos! También encontramos varios legisladores que copatrocinarán distintos proyectos en ambas cámaras, entre ellos muchos integrantes de los comités que darán debate inicial a las iniciativas. Al firmar esta petición, usted estará apoyando la legislación propuesta, destinada a mejorar las normas de nutrición y transparencia por las que hemos hecho campaña desde la fundación de RFKM. Necesitamos su ayuda para darla a conocer por todo Maryland y aumentar las probabilidades de que estos proyectos se conviertan en legislación. Por favor, firme esta petición y distribúyala entre sus amigos y sus familiares que viven en el estado.
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-an MCPS Parent
February 5, 2015. As part of our coalition called Healthy School Food Maryland, we have developed a new statewide petition advocating seven different bills that will come before the Maryland General Assembly this session and will help bring healthy changes to the food environment in all of Maryland's public schools. Thanks to RFKM's advocacy work on behalf of the coalition, we have sponsors in the House of Delegates for all of our bills and sponsors in the Senate for 6 out of 7! We have also found multiple co-sponsors for various bills in both houses, including many members of the committees who will hear the bills. By signing this petition, you support the proposed legislation to improve nutrition and transparency standards that we have been advocating for since RFKM began. We need your help to get the word out around Maryland and increase our chances of these bills becoming law. Please sign this petition and share with friends and family members in the state.
When: May 16th, 7-10 p.m.
January 6, 2015. The results are out for our 2015 member priorities survey. We were very pleased to have 404 responses, which is a 27% response rate for our parent members. The top ten priorities of our members are listed below. Parent priorities have not changed greatly from last year, but we do have two new items (numbers 8 and 10) in our top ten list this year, as we have suggested new possible solutions/goals for addressing member concerns. The greatest concern of parents this year (and number 2 from last year) is a menu populated with typical kid foods like chicken nuggets and pizza and the desire for a more diverse menu. Most notably absent from our top ten list this year was our number 1 priority from last year: "Advocating for a system-wide solution for easier access to free, unlimited water in cafeterias." This is likely due to our success in addressing this issue through advocacy last year that resulted in the offering of free bottles of water in elementary schools this year.
In addition, members of the Board of Education said they would discuss our idea of putting reusable water bottles on the supply lists with the Superintendent's office, but cautioned that this would likely only come as a suggestion to principals. Nevertheless, RFKM is working on statewide legislation that would mandate the inclusion of a reusable water bottle on all school supply lists in the state and suggest that schools create a plan for encouraging a culture of drinking water. Ideally, the best solution would both encourage water drinking and be good for the environment. Our hope is to see a day when all students in Maryland can have access to water at all times during the school day - a privilege most adults take for granted. In addition, the legislation would require cafeterias to provide cups for water free of charge to students as a backup for children who forget their reusable bottles.
Tweets by @RealFoodMCPS MCPS to Remove Chemicals from School Food
October 15, 2014. Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) is
pleased to announce that after over a year of advocacy work with the
Montgomery County Public Schools on the topic of food dyes and other
chemical food additives, MCPS Director of Food and Nutrition
Services Marla Caplon has announced that from now on, a number of
dangerous additives will be prohibited from bids for food served in
its cafeterias. We are very thankful to MCPS and Ms. Caplon for
hearing and acting on parent concerns.
The list includes a number of artificial food dyes (Blue 2, Green 3,
Red 3, Yellow 5 and 6); artificial sweeteners aspartame,
acesulfame-potassium and saccharin; trans fat; lean finely textured
beef (AKA pink slime); MSG; BHA and TBHQ. These chemicals were all
identified as potentially harmful by scientists for Center for
Science in the Public Interest, who worked with RFKM to develop a
target list. RFKM members (who now number over 3500) have expressed
concern about these chemicals due to studies linking them to ADHD,
cancer and other adverse effects. While many parents keep their
children from consuming these chemicals by avoiding school food, 34%
of children in MCPS qualify for free and reduced priced meals and
may eat up to three times a day at school. Children who are
sensitive to these substances may suffer from hyperactivity after
consuming them, which impacts the classroom environment and should
therefore be of concern to all MCPS parents.