Believing that all students should have access to fresh, healthy food, RFFK collaborates with schools in Greater Washington to elevate school menus and build a culture of health that spreads into students’ homes and communities. The Lunch Room Collective, comprised of school stakeholders representing 630,000 students, works systemically to change the way we feed students – from creating welcoming lunch room environments, to combating the stigma around cafeteria meals. A professional development program trains food service staff to craft healthier fare; workshops teach parents to champion wellness initiatives in their communities; and annual food events encourage students and teachers (many from Title I schools) to explore new foods and develop healthier habits. Across Fairfax County Public Schools, RFFK has already helped increase fresh foods, eliminate soda, and remove 91% of artificial ingredients. Your support truly nourishes young bodies and minds.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: We currently work with schools throughout Northern Virginia as well as schools in Montgomery County, MD.

  • Children covered by Real Food for Kids advocacy to remove 91% of artificial ingredients from Fairfax County Public Schools:   190,000 (2018-2019 projected)
  • Elementary school students currently served by Real Food for Kids Salad Bars:  
    18,000 as of school year 2017-2018 (This number will increase by approximately 18,000 per year through 2021)
  • Number of Title I students who have participated in our annual Food Day event:   5,000
  • Cafeteria managers trained through our Chef Academy:   220
  • Metro DC school officials, school board members, and community stakeholders in RFFK's Lunch Room Collective:   40

Awards & Recognition

2018 and 2017: Finalist for Community Partner of the Year, Fairfax County Public Schools
2017: Business and Industry Award, Virginia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences
2014: Recognized by the Fairfax County School Board for Advocacy Work on School Meal Programs (JoAnne Hammermaster, Co-Founder)
2014: Recognized by the National PTA for Advocacy Work on School Meal Programs
2014: Lady Fairfax Award (Mary Porter, Director of Programs)
2014: Invited to speak at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama to recognize the launch of new Smart Snack Guidelines for schools


Budget (FY0)

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