Want to learn more about RFKM or share a short film with your school community? RFKM's summer intern Alejanrda Mathies, a film major at American University, made this 5-minute film about our work. Please share widely and consider becoming a member of RFKM this year.
Wellness Committee Recommends Less Junk Food
The 2015-2016 district-wide Wellness Committee (on which RFKM's Executive Director Lindsey Parsons has a seat) has recommended to the Division of Food and Nutrition Services that they increase the variety of meals and decrease kids foods (e.g., processed chicken, burgers, hot dogs, breakfast for lunch, pizza, fries, potatoes). As one of the primary concerns of RFKM supporters since we began surveying parents, Lindsey advocated and voted for this priority on your behalf.
The committee met four times during the 2015-2016 school year to make recommendations in five areas: physical activity, physical education, mental health, food services and nutrition education. Members voted on their priorities, and any priority receiving at least two votes was forwarded to the responsible office in MCPS (see draft of priority list here).
Other recommendations to food services included removing and reducing marketing of unhealthy foods in schools, implementing the recommendations in the MCCPTA Resolution and including more vegetarian options. The top recommendation under nutrition education was for health teachers to teach students about the techniques used by food companies to make processed foods irresistible (one of the most promising ways of decreasing their consumption) and to teach an understanding of chemicals used in food and the process by which the FDA allows food additives into common use.
The committee will be meeting this year to update the MCPS Wellness Policy and Regulation. Stay tuned for advocacy opportunities related to those updates.
RFKM at 53% of Year-End Goal: Please Become a Member Today
Your donations make the work of RFKM possible. To meet our budget for the year, we still need to raise $2,660, 47% of our year-end goal of $5,000. Will you show your support and become a member of RFKM today? All donations are tax-deductible through RFKM's fiscal sponsor, Chesapeake Institute for Local Sustainable Food and Agriculture.
Graceful Growing Together Seeks Cooking Teachers
Are you a dietician, nutritionist, caterer, personal chef, culinary school graduate, a great home cook or certified food safety instructor? Graceful Growing Together, in partnership with Montgomery County Recreation, is looking for volunteers to teach in Recreation facilities and possibly other county buildings.They are looking for skills in the following areas:
- Food Safety
They will work with you to help you get established as an instructor. Food costs for cooking classes, and materials for other classes, will be paid by the students. If class tuition is charged, you will receive a stipend from Montgomery County Recreation. If interested, please reach out to Dave Lambert at drlambert@GracefulGrowingTogether.org.
Buying from Amazon.com for the holidays?
Please bookmark the Amazon link from RFKM's web site - see upper left hand corner of our home page - and a portion of your purchase will go to RFKM. Thanks!
Thanks to our sponsor.