Monthly Archives: September 2016

September 7: Sustainable Food Procurement


Washington DC’s City Council passed legislation to create the DC Food Policy Council in 2014.  This Food Policy Council is meant to:
The Food Policy Council met for the first time last month and the Councilmembers identified “Sustainable Food Procurement” as one of their top priorities.  Further, the Sustainable Food Procurement Working Group identified SCHOOL FOOD as its top priority.
This is all great news for those who care about school food in the District!
Tomorrow, September 7 from 6-8PM at the Mt. Vernon Library (3160 16th Street NW), the Sustainable Procurement working group has invited the public to convene with six organizations to talk about the quality of food in our schools and the details of the contract with the new vendor.  They have invited:
  • DCPS
  • SodexoMagic
  • DC Central Kitchen
  • OSSE
  • DC Greens and DC Farm to School
  • and us, the DC School Food Project
Each organization will provide a brief statement answering the following questions:
  1. What do we wish more people knew about school food?
  2. What are our top goals for the coming school year?
  3. What can others in the room do to partner with us?
Following that, members of the public are able to ask questions.  This is where we need you!!  I hope you’ll be able to come out and participate.  We need to ask DCPS what standards of performance they will hold Sodexo to, what regularly (monthly) oversight reports they will share, what specific ways they will involve students and parents in the process.  Perhaps most importantly, we want to ask what they will do to increase participation and access, especially in wards where students are most in need.

“Questions may be submitted in advance to (please include “School Food Questions” in the email title) or to @dcfoodpolicy on Twitter. They may also be written out on the index cards provided to the audience at the beginning of the meeting. Questions will be selected and read by Food Policy Council Members as time allows and the rest will be submitted to appropriate parties via email.”

The kids in DC deserve great school food, and they won’t get it unless we demand it!  We’ll see you on the 7th.
Find us:
Twitter:  DC School Food Project @GreatSchoolFood