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May 2017
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College Internships with RFFK 
 
Real Food for Kids offers internships to students interested in gaining experience in non-profit programming and operations. Our interns provide developmental assistance and support to the core programs of the organization, including program development, coordination and promotion, data management and administrative support. Our internships are an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day workings of a non-profit; work with a dynamic, diverse and creative program team; build a professional network in the space of the school nutrition community; and contribute to the positive impact Real Food for Kids is making in the lives of our school children.
 
Internships for this summer are still available. Visit our website to download details and instructions on how to apply.
Westlawn Salad Bar Featured on WTOP

Rachel Nania, Living Editor for WTOP Radio, visited the Westlawn Elementary Salad Bar opening on May 3rd much to the delight of students. Read the story and hear the audio here.

FCPS "Clean Team"
What's in School Food?

There is a lot of attention today about what we eat and where it comes from. Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has been working hard since 2011 to source products that are free of harmful artificial additives, dyes, and preservatives?
 
It is not an easy process. The school food program is incredibly complicated and change takes time. RFFK recently spoke with two of the people in FNS who dedicate a lot of their working time to this endeavor: Ruth Matoto, and Teresa Hinds. Read the full article.
RFFK Sponsoring Breakfast at FCCPTA New Leader Training | June 3  
 
Real Food for Kids will be sponsoring breakfast at the FCCPTA annual PTA Leadership Training Summit for new and seasoned PTA officers on June 3. For PTA officers, this event is an excellent networking and learning opportunity with multiple breakout sessions focused on training you to be effective in your role. As long-standing members of the PTA community, we encourage you to register, if you have not already (only $15!). RFFK will also be exhibiting at the event. Please stop by our table to learn more about our work and how we can help you build a culture of health within your school.

FCPS Summer BBQ - Kids Eat Free! 
Throughout the summer, FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will offer weekday, midday summer meals at 20 sites around the county. School locations will host BBQ with freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs; other sites will provide box lunches. The cost is $2 per adult and kids eat for FREE!
 
A Kickoff event will be held at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School on June 28 at 11:00 AM. Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will be part of the festivities which will also feature a cooking demonstration, nutrition education, gardening activities, a mini farmers market, bike rodeo, jump rope contest and numerous raffle opportunities. Real Food for Kids will be among the exhibitors, along with Fairfax County Park Authority, INOVA Healthy Plate Club, Arcadia and GMU Greenhouses and Gardens, to name a few. First Lady McAuliffe will also bring with her the latest Virginia LOVE Letters, unveiled in March at Weight of the State.
 
Real Food for Kids is excited to be a partner in this program, working with school PTAs and administration to encourage participation by school families. Summer Meals will begin the Monday after school lets out and finish the day before school resumes in August.
 
Details will soon be available through host sites and schools nearby. PTAs interested in learning more about how they can support this program with their school community should contact Mary Porter, mporter@realfoodforkids.org.
 
Sites include: Bailey's ES (Lower), Bren Mar Park ES, Dogwood ES, Hutchuson ES, Hybla Valley ES, London Towne ES, Mount Eagle ES, Mount Vernon Woods ES, Riverside ES, Herndon HS, Stuart HS, Graham Road Community Center, Avant Apartments, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield Gardens Apartments, Springfield Square Apartments, and Chelsea Square Apartments.
GEORGIA GROWN:
Feed My School for a Week

 
Want local? JL Burress Elementary School in Marietta, GA participated in the Georgia Grown's
Feed My School for a Week initiative May 1-5, 2017. The program is a nutrition-focused initiative designed to bring the highest quality, locally-grown foods to a school. Schools are challenged to provide 100% of their food items grown or produced from local sources for the entire week. Students can enjoy very fresh food while learning about where their food comes from. Burress is the first urban school in Georgia to participate in the program.
 
Students enjoyed items such as spinach and black bean burgers, beef tacos with peach onion salsa, cucumber salad, blueberry smoothies, and honey dew & cantaloupe. On their way to the lunch line, students learned about how certain food items served that day were grown and the important role that bees play in our food system. Students enjoyed dressing each day of the week to a different theme about the farm. Parents were invited to join students for lunch to taste the local fare.
 
Real Food for Kids, who focuses some of their work in different counties in Georgia as well as the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, attended the event. "We are so supportive of schools that weave nutrition education and fresh, new tastes in fun ways for all students," said JoAnne Hammermaster, Executive Director of RFFK. "The students were so excited to participate!"

SNAP at Fairfax Farmers' Markets

The Fairfax County SNAP at Market program offers a match of up to $20 per visit to help low-income families purchase farm fresh produce. In 2016, over $20,000 in SNAP benefits were accepted, including almost $10,000 in matching dollars.

The SNAP at Market Program is offered at the Herndon, Reston, Lorton and Mount Vernon markets during the regular market season. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets for market times and schedules.
RFFK Student Rep Wins Governor's Scholarship

TJ Senior Suzie Bae who has been serving as students representative to the RFFK board this past year is the recipient on the Virginia Council on Women's STEM Scholarship. The $7,000 scholarship is awarded to five students, one from each region in Virginia. Over 500 essays were submitted.
 
Suzie has been instrumental in creating the RFFK Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) to engage students in the larger conversation around school food, spending time with FNS Director Rodney Taylor and FCPS School Board Member Ryan McElveen to develop the framework of the council. The work of SNAC will continue after Suzie moves on to William and Mary this fall. Our congratulations to Suzie on her work with RFFK and SNAC and best wishes for a great start at W&M!
Upcoming RFFK Meetings 
 
Join Real Food for Kids at one of our next monthly meetings to learn more about our work and explore engagement opportunities. If you are not able to attend but would like to learn more, Contact us!
 
June 15
 
All meetings are 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
No meetings are held in July or August.



Real Food for Kids is committed to collaborating with school communities to elevate the quality and character of school food; develop and deliver programs that advance literacy in nutrition and health; and engage students, parents and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities.