Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) is a grassroots, parent advocacy organization seeking to bring fresh, whole and nutrient-rich foods to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), to reduce the availability of foods that are low in nutritional value, and to increase the availability of local and sustainable foods. RFKM seeks to collaborate with MCPS and other community stakeholders, recognizing that wholesome food is an educational investment that leads to academic success, improved behavior, and better health outcomes. With 33% of MCPS students on Free and Reduced Meals, many of whom are eating two or more meals a day at school, offering only healthy options is even more urgent.
Founded in October of 2012, RFKM is a rapidly-growing network of parents and community supporters working both centrally and school-by-school to improve the food environment in MCPS. RFKM has already had several important victories, including a trial of healthier vending and a la carte foods in one middle school, a delay in turning on junk food vending machines until 30 minutes after the end of the school day, and acknowledgment on the elementary school menus of the existence of a la carte foods for sale.