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Montgomery Council Committee to Discuss Ways to Improve MCPS Food Service On Monday, Nov. 21
  • Release ID: 11-237
  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
ROCKVILLE, Md., November 18, 2011—The Education Committee of the Montgomery County Council at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, will hold a follow-up discussion on the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report on the food service program in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). At the worksession, the committee will talk with representatives of private food service companies and the District of Columbia Public Schools food service division as it seeks to improve food service in Montgomery schools.

Council President Valerie Ervin and Councilmember George Leventhal requested the OLO report to gain a better understanding of current MCPS school food practices and to learn about innovative school food practices in other jurisdictions. The Council formally received and released the report on July 19 and held an initial worksession on the report on Sept. 12.

The Education Committee, which is chaired by Council President Ervin and includes Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice, will meet in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) and also will be available via streaming through the County Website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov.

During the Sept. 12 worksession, Councilmembers received a briefing from OLO on the report. The report indicates that food service programs, although open to all MCPS students, serve mostly low-income students. MCPS data from the report also show that school meal participation levels are increasing and are close to reaching target school lunch participation rates. OLO noted that while MCPS’ Division of Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS) meets or exceeds federal and state requirements for food nutrition and administration, opportunities still exist for the school system to engage in additional efforts that promote healthy eating.

Expected to attend Monday’s worksession are: Sandra Schlicker, the director of Health and Wellness Services for D.C. Public Schools; Mitch Mitchell, regional vice president for Revolution Foods; Meg Simone and Whitney Bateson of Thompson Hospitality, Inc.; and Marla Caplon, director of Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS) for MCPS.

At the Sept. 12 worksession, Councilmember Leventhal, who chairs the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee, raised questions about what it would take for MCPS to improve Montgomery County food services in regard to the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Awards.

Expected issues to be discussed are: how to encourage students to consume healthier foods in school; how to increase student participation in school breakfast and lunch programs; what additional performance measures could be added to track school food quality and nutrition; and how to close the deficit in the MCPS food service enterprise fund.

A complete copy of the OLO report on MCPS food service is available online at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/olo.

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