Real Food For Kids - Montgomery is a grass-roots, parent advocacy group promoting whole,
delicious, fresh and nutrient-rich foods in the Montgomery County Public Schools.
RFKM in the News
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on Schools Newsletter
Edgemoor Clothing Exchange to Support
The Edgemoor Clothing Exchange in Bethesda has selected Real Food for Kids
- Montgomery and another new non-profit as their beneficiaries this year. If you have clothes to donate or would like to shop for a bargain, here are the details:
What: The Annual Edgemoor Clothing Exchange
Where: The Edgemoor Club
7415 Exeter Road, Bethesda
When: Drop off clothing on Saturday, March 1st, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Shop for bargains and make monetary donations on Sunday, March 2nd between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
School Food Forum Now on YouTube
If you missed the School Food Forum: Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public
Schools, then you’re in luck – it’s now up on YouTube (thank you to Takoma
Park TV). If you can only devote an hour to reviewing it, I’d recommend part 3, which includes the
inspiring talk by Tony Geraci, subject of the documentary “Cafeteria Man”
(his speech begins at 14:45).
Part 1 - Part
2 - Part
See the Forum web site for more information on the speakers and to download the Power Point presentations from the
Help Finalize FDA’s Ban on Unhealthy Trans Fats
Over the past decade, levels of the heart-disease promoting additive trans fat have been reduced by 75%. Still, small levels (<1% per serving) persist throughout the nation’s food supply, including in school food meals. And larger levels can still be found in many pre-packaged grocery items, including French fries, margarine, and desserts. The FDA estimates that banning trans fats in all amounts would save up to an estimated 7,000 deaths annually from heart disease and prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks each year.
Be a part of history and help pass the ban on dangerous trans fats! Submit your comments to the FDA. Here’s how: 1) Go to
http://www.regulations.gov and enter “FDA-2013-N-1317” in the Search For: Rules, Comments, Adjudications, or Supporting Documents box; 2) Click “Comment Now!” to the right of the rule Tentative Determination Regarding…; 3) copy and paste
these comments or write your own in the “comment” box; 4) Fill out the rest of the form, making sure “I am submitting on behalf of a third party” is unchecked (we’ve already submitted on behalf of RFKM).
MCPS Adds A la Carte Items to
Nutritional Information Online
(January 10, 2014). Thanks to our advocacy work, MCPS has finally agreed
to be more transparent about the food served in their cafeterias. The nutrient
and allergen lists that are posted to their web site now include
information on the foods served a la carte (items vary by school). While
this is far from the full transparency that RFKM is seeking, it is a
step in the right direction. In the future, we would like to see a
separate a la carte list on the school menus and on the web sites at
each school. The latter should provide the same information found on the
a la carte
list that RFKM put together for its members (which includes
ingredients). However, we do thank the Board of Education and the
Division of Food and Nutrition Services for this step in the right
direction to full transparency.
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On Saturday, May 18, 2013, we held a recipe contest to create a healthy
school lunch. Read more and see the photos of the recipes prepared on
our Recipe Contest
Our mission is to
advocate for fresh, whole and nutrient-rich foods in Montgomery County
Public Schools, to reduce the availability of foods that are low in
nutritional value, and to increase the availability of local and
sustainable foods. We seek to collaborate with MCPS and other community
stakeholders, recognizing that wholesome food is an educational
investment that leads to academic success, improved behavior, and better
health outcomes. We believe that improving students' food options is a
critical part of MCPS' commitment to support the whole child.
RFKM was co-founded in
October of 2012 by Karen Devitt and Lindsey Parsons, parents from MCPS,
who continue as its co-directors. We are
a proud project of the Chesapeake Institute for Local Sustainable Food
and Agriculture, a 501(c)(3), non-profit
Their mission, which includes educating the public about how sustainable
farming can play a vital role in improving the health of young people
today, makes them a great partner for the journey towards nutritious
food in our local schools. Through CILSFA, we are able to receive
tax-deductible donations from members and supporters like you.
Current Food Photos
Here are some photos of
our visit to Silver Spring International Middle School cafeteria on Sept. 26, 2013
This is a sampling of the items offered
in the a la carte line and vending machines in the Montgomery County
Public Schools. These were purchased in the
2012-2013 school year at Silver Spring International Middle School.
RFKM is a project of the Chesapeake Institute for Local Sustainable Food
and Agriculture, a 501(c)(3), non-profit
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Agriculture, Inc. All rights reserved.