Petition to Continue
June 6, 2014. While RFKM turned in the first 2002 signatures from the petition we started on March
14th, asking MCPS for our top 10 priorities, we have decided to keep
it going, as signatures keep pouring in. So, if you haven't yet, please sign on
and share with your networks.
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
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-an MCPS Parent
Have you had your 5 servings of fruits and veggies today?
Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who participated in the first "5 for 5 Challenge"! To date, we have raised $1,780 - not to mention the benefit to the participants who ate the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables for five days in a row!
Our congratulations to Eleanor from East Silver Spring ES for winning the prize for eating the greatest variety of fruits and vegetables! Click on her tracking sheet above to see what a great job she did trying new things!
Watch RFKM Members Testify before the Board of Education (4 minute video)
RFKM Members Offer Powerful Testimonies to School Board as Petition is Delivered
Comments from BOE Members and DFNS Director Indicate Progress on a Number of Petition Requests
June 3rd, parents and supporters of Real Food for Kids - Montgomery
took to the Montgomery County Board of Education meeting at the
Carver Education Services Center in Rockville, MD to demand improved
food and nutrition for school children in MCPS. Additionally, RFKM
co-director, Lindsey Parsons, delivered a petition
(which can still be signed) with over 2,000 signatures addressing
the top ten concerns of RFKM members. The petition, including
signatures from 809 parents, 203 students, and 43 physicians, called
for school lunches to include more scratched-cooked, wholesome meals
with unlimited fresh fruits and vegetables, or the option of a salad
bar, and to eliminate the use of chemical additives, limit the
availability of foods with high levels of added sugar, and offer,
free unlimited water to school children with their lunches.
MCPS Switches to Dye-Free Frozen Sorbets (AKA "Sidekicks")
May 16, 2014. 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.
RFKM ha dedicado un año a buscar el apoyo de los padres de familia
de Montgomery County, los estudiantes y otros miembros de la
comunidad, con el fin de exigir alimentos más saludables para los
niños que asisten a las escuelas públicas. Ahora conjugamos esos
esfuerzos en una petición en línea. Al firmar la petición, los
padres, estudiantes, miembros de la comunidad, empresas, iglesias,
profesionales de la salud, organizaciones y maestros del condado
respaldan las prioridades de RFKM.
Somos Montgomery - Comidas en las Cafeterías MCPS