March 2017
Lake Braddock Takes Top Spot in 2017 Culinary Competition
Photo by Laura Goyer | lauragoyerphoto.com
Lake Braddock Secondary School took home the 5-Star Award at the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo, Saturday, March 11. The team, led by Family and Consumer Sciences teachers Toshieba Ragland and Thom Prassa, won over the judges with their Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Hummus Dip with Carrots and Fruit Kabobs. The lunch, designed to meet school food guidelines, is to be considered for the FCPS school menu.

The Culinary Challenge attracted 13 teams from 10 schools. Nine schools competed in the Lunch Category. Four teams participated in the Exhibition for Snacks and Breakfast items.

Franklin MS Team | Photo by Laura Goyer
Franklin Middle School won the Gold Star Award for their Franklin Fiesta Wrap, Confetti Corn and Citrus Berry Blast. Chantilly Academy took home the Silver Star Award with a Chicken Gyro Bowl with Tzatziki Sauce, Gyro Vegetables and Watermelon and Grape Medley.

In the Exhibition, Glasgow Middle School earned the People's Choice recognition. Sandburg Middle School was the favorite of Food and Nutrition Services Professionals with the FNS Choice.

Irving Middle School took Celebrity Choice and West Potomac, the sole breakfast entry, took the Real Food for Kids Choice.

Chantilly Team | Photo by Laura Goyer

Real Food for Kids congratulates all our teams for their thoughtful and tasty creations. The 325 attendees to the event were impressed with talent in our school academies and Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms.

Attendees also chose from six different workshops following the challenge including chef demos. Lunch, which featured new sandwiches being considered for the FCPS Signature Line, available to teachers and school staff, was provided by Food and Nutrition Services under the direction of Chef Brian Head.

The Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo was presented by Whole Foods. Cuisine Solution was the Culinary Sponsor, providing the chicken used by all the lunch teams for their dishes and for the sandwiches served at lunch.

Clockwise from Top: Irving MS, West Potomac HS, Sandburg MS, Glasgow MS | Photos by Laura Goyer

March is National Nutrition Month 
School Success Stories and Resources
Alliance for a Healthier Generation has some great school food success stories to share from creatively cutting sodium to boosting fruit and vegetable consumption, adding in more whole grains and finding healthy alternatives to sugary celebrations.

Plus you can download resources from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to supplement health curriculum in the classroom or at home.

You can also join the Alliance to get more Resources for Improved Nutrition in the Cafeteria and the Classroom.

Wednesday April 5
Real Food for Kids
Healthy School Advocacy Training
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Gatehouse Administrative Center, Room 4050
Since our inception, Real Food for Kids has been recognized as a successful model in school advocacy due to a positive approach in policy and practice and building collaborative relationships to affect change.

Of our mission pillars, none is more important than engaging students, parents and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities.

Real Food for Kids Healthy School Advocacy Training is designed to help you foster a more robust and engaged culture of health at your school by turning your passions into an action plan.  

Who Should Attend ...
This highly interactive training is for parents, educators, staff members or engaged school community members interested in elevating the culture of health in their schools.

How You Will Benefit ... 
We'll start this training by identifying the issues you'd like to tackle - that way we can put the workshop content into context to empower you to build an action plan for when you return to school. We'll send you back with actionable strategy, tools and resources to accomplish your goals - plus a network of like-minded advocates from your training and support from the Program Team at Real Food for Kids.

Meet With Us!

Our monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about our ongoing work, getting your school involved, or becoming one of our valued volunteers.  
Please join us.

April 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Contact Us

What Will We Cover...

How to define your identity and your issue

 How to build a constituency

Understanding your audience

How to do your research

Planning your strategy and taking action

 Assessing your progress to sustain and grow.

The fee of $15 covers materials provided to you for this training. 

Register at  
Registration is limited to 15 participants.

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Small Commitment...Big Help

Are you the parent who wants to help Real Food for Kids but doesn't have a lot of time to commit? We have a perfect...and much needed opportunity. Become a member of our Salad Bar Squad!

With each new salad bar that opens in our FCPS elementary schools, we need one or two volunteers to support our food services staff as they guide students through the new line to get their fruits and veggies. Volunteers would be required to attend two Student Salad Bar Etiquette Trainings with an RFFK staff member (one hour each) before working an opening. There are many times to choose from.

This is an especially great opportunity for parents of schools who will be getting a salad bar in 2017-2018.

There are seven salad bars slated to open between now and June so finding a spot that fits your schedule should be easy! For more information email mporter@realfoodforkids.org.