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School Food Activism Training
September 22, 2016.
RFKM will be hosting a training on school food activism on Saturday,
Oct. 22 from 10:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. at our office in Bethesda
at 7979 Old Georgetown Road, 10th floor. Topics covered include why
school meals are like they are (USDA Regulations, decision-making
structures in MCPS); Competitive Foods in MCPS; MCPS Wellness Policy
and Regulation; Parties, Snacks and Fundraisers; Starting a Wellness
Committee; the RFKM Healthy Kids PTA pledge; Conducting a School
Food Survey; Interventions throughout the year (back-to-school
night, holidays, testing, etc.); and Building Bridges with
Administrators. The training will last two hours followed by lunch.
If you’re considering becoming a school representative, serve on a
school wellness committee, are new to the job of school rep, have
never attended the training or just want a refresher, please come!
Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to
MCCPTA Resolution on School Food
May 10, 2016
Goodbye Cheetos and Doritos
September 22, 2016. As reports from around the district began surfacing at the beginning
of this year that Doritos and Cheetos had disappeared from a la
carte (snack) options, RFKM confirmed with the MCPS Division of Food
and Nutrition Services that they have officially pulled these
two products from their a la carte offerings. The products were of
special concern to our members, due to food dyes and many other
potentially harmful ingredients. According to Marla Caplon, Director
of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services for MCPS, “Cheetos
and Doritos were products that we elected to remove for sale because
the ingredient label had such a plethora of additives and
preservatives. We are continuously seeking to purchase food and
beverages with cleaner labels.”
News Coverage on The Lunch Tray - 9/28/16 - Under Parent Pressure, School District Ditches Doritos and Cheetos
Healthy Fundraising Partnership Opportunities
Can your child eat the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables for 5 days in a row? Ask your PTA to partner with RFKM in the 5 for 5 Challenge!
Challenge students and their families at your school to see if they can eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day for a school week for a $5/serving sponsorship. Invite family and friends to sponsor servings, and help meet your healthy eating goal! Each participant will have their own custom online fundraising page, which they can update with blog entries on their experience and send to friends and family to make a tax-deductible donation to split between your PTA and RFKM.
Sick of selling candy bars, magazines and wrapping paper to raise funds? How about local, healthy farm foods?
Fundraisers can be healthy! With FarmRai$er, kids get the opportunity to sell local, healthy farm products via a custom online market. Raise money for your school or organization, promote healthy food, and support local farms and businesses. We want our kids to be healthy - their fundraisers should be too. Use the code RFKM25 to get $25 in matching funds to start your campaign.