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Real Food for Kids - Montgomery began in October, 2012 with a meeting of parents who were concerned about the nutritional value of the meals and competitive foods in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. We have since built a coalition of over 4300 supporters, including parents representing 192 of the 203 schools in Montgomery County. In addition, we have 62 parent representatives to MCPS schools, who are taking a leadership role in changing the food environment and policies atKaren Devitt and Lindsey Parsons their child’s school.

RFKM was co-founded by Karen Devitt (left) and Lindsey Parsons (right), and is currently led by full-time Executive Director Lindsey Parsons, who consults with the Advisory Board and uses yearly member polls to set the priorities and strategy for RFKM. 

RFKM's Vision

A Montgomery County Public School system that serves and promotes real, whole, local, sustainable and nutrient-rich foods for a student body that selects and eats those foods.

RFKM's Mission

To mobilize parents, students, educators and community members to promote policies, practices and educational opportunities that improve the food environment and general health and well-being of students in the Montgomery County Public Schools.

RFKM's Aim

We conduct community-building, training and educational activities, and we advocate for policies at the county, state and federal level on nutrition, wellness and school-food related topics.

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"I am certainly no health nut, but it has been appalling to me what kind of food is pushed on our kids starting at a very young age . . . The older they get, the less we as parents are able to choose their food for them and should be able to rely on our schools to, at least, limit the junk that is served." 
- an RFKM Supporter

Our kids are our future. They can't function well if they aren't offered
healthy choices for lunch. The current Standard American Diet offered is processed, leaves them lethargic, promotes weight gain, and diseases such as diabetes - no longer called "adult onset" because it's so common in young people. Not only our health depends on these changes but so does our economic future. Let's do the right thing by our kids.

- an RFKM Supporter

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