Upcoming Meeting: August 11 @ 6:30pm at Tyler Elementary

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.
The Details:
We’ve got some good news to celebrate for the upcoming school year:  DC Central Kitchen has been awarded the contract for schools in Ward 7!  DCCK is an amazing organization with terrific food and this is a real win for the city.
If you’ve been on social media you may have also learned that the company Sodexo has been awarded the contract for the remaining 101 DC public schools.  Although this isn’t a win for us, we were successful in our call for a Council hearing on the issue, and three DC City Councilmembers including Charles Allen, Mary Cheh, and Elissa Silverman voted against the contract.  In their dissenting votes they articulated the concerns we have highlighted, so our messages are getting through.
What now?
It’s important that we maintain our momentum and keep moving forward.  As you know, the mission of our organization is to ensure quality, improve access, and inspire demand for healthy, tasty school food in our nation’s capital.  There are some concrete steps we can take in the weeks and months coming up to make this happen.
The first is, let’s get together.  We’ve secured space at Tyler Elementary (1001 G St SE, just off the Eastern Market Metro station)on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30pm.  Please RSVP to let us know if you can come, and spread the word far and wide!  If you know of anybody — a parent, a teacher, a student, a health advocate, an anti-hunger warrior, a businessperson, or anybody else who might be interested, please invite them along.  And also please forward this to your school listservs and other networks.  It would be great to increase participation from all wards.
At the meeting we will set our agenda for moving forward.  A few things that members have already mentioned as priorities include:
  • 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.

We hope to see you on the 11th!  There’s much to be done.
With best regards and many thanks for the support you’ve already shown,
Ivy Ken
Find us:
Twitter:  DC School Food Project @GreatSchoolFood

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