Dear DC School Food Project Supporters,
Quick Version: Please RSVP to come to our next meeting on August 11 at 6:30pm at Tyler Elementary in SE.
locking down details with Council for oversight of Sodexo and DCPS with monthly hearings,
brainstorming new models for food services,
encouraging DCPS to re-establish a regular Friends and Family Advisory Committee,
agitating for a new Food Services Director,
working to establish a mentoring program for small food service companies in DC to be able to bid effectively on DCPS RFPs, and
making good on the Healthy Schools Act mandate to create a central distribution site and move food services in-house.
This is not an exhaustive list, but we can work on the details together on in August. We also have a number of specific jobs and positions to divvy up, including some social media work, outreach in the schools, liaising with Council, bridging to DCPS, and more.
Earlier today we sent the following e-mail to Councilmember Grosso, the Chair of the Committee on Education, and to all DC City Councilmembers. It does not outline a perfect solution, but it does move us past a truly horrible contract with Sodexo.
The e-mail recommends amending the contract in a way that would allow DCPS to offer one cluster to an amazing upstart company called Genuine Foods. The text of the e-mail appears below.
Dear Councilmember Grosso,
It’s not too late to get involved in the fight for better school food in the District. Our elected City Council representatives will vote whether to approve or disapprove the proposed contract between DCPS and SodexoMagic on July 12. We’ve got to keep the pressure on them for a vote to DISAPPROVE.
On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 the Committee on Education of the DC City Council held a public roundtable to discuss the contract. Over 30 Lunch Ladies from the Teamsters Local 639 turned out along with students from elementary, middle, and high schools; DCPS parents and teachers; and a representative for the wonderful program, FoodPrints. You can watch a recording of the hearing here.
We will post copies of each person’s testimony here as it becomes available.
In the meantime, PLEASE contact your ward representative and encourage them to vote to DISAPPROVE. We don’t want to just hand over $35.4 million when there are such major problems with the contract. Sodexo is charging way too much, and their track record indicates that the quality and taste of the food served to students will not improve.
We’re working to find a “third way” — some way we can avoid handing over millions of dollars to this company but not have to fall back on an emergency feeding plan. But in the meantime, as we work out the details, please contact your Councilmembers and ask them to vote to DISAPPROVE!