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  2014 Priorities

Each year, RFKM polls its members on their top priorities. The following are the top ten priorities of our members for 2014, which formed the basis of our petition to MCPS.

1. Advocating for a system-wide solution for easier access to free, unlimited water in cafeterias.

Progress: In August of 2014, MCPS announced a new policy allowing all elementary school children purchasing lunch to receive a free, 8 ounce bottle of water.

2. Offering at least one meal per day that is not a typical "junk food" (e.g., not chicken nuggets, pizza, hot dogs or burgers).

3. Removing chemicals listed as "caution" or "avoid" by CSPI from all food served in MCPS.

Progress: MCPS announced a new policy prohibiting from future bids a number of the chemicals on our desired remove list (see our petition for list) in September of 2014.

4. Replacing unhealthy a la carte items with healthier items. 

Progress: The change in policy on permitted ingredients will result in the removal of a number of the unhealthy a la carte items once contracts have expired. This includes Cheetos, Dorito's, Welch's Fruit Snacks, some flavors of "smoothies" and some ice creams.

5. Eliminating or drastically reducing typical "junk food" options. 

6. Setting an upper limit for sugar in any product served in MCPS.

7. Replacing unhealthy vending items with healthier items in machines that are on during the school day.

8. Moving from processed, pre-plated and reheated food to food cooked from scratch at the central facility with more prep work done on site at schools with kitchens.

9. At the beginning of each school year, having each school send to parents a list of a la carte items sold at that school with information on how to block children's lunch accounts to prevent a la carte purchases.

10. Offering unlimited fruits and vegetables free to all children who purchase lunch.

2013 Priorities and Progress
2015 Priorities and Progress
2016 Priorities and Progress
2017 Priorities and Progress
2018 Priorities and Progress


"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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