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!