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Food Revolutionaries

Who are the leaders of the D.C. school food revolution?

This week Patch is publishing a series on the revolution in D.C. schools to bring more, healthy and local meal options to D.C. school children than ever before.

Throughout the week you will hear from advocates in the non-profit world, within the school system, from the District Council and from a parent of a D.C. Public School (DCPS) student.

Ed Bruske

Title/Role: Food policy blogger and DCPS parent

If you were a vegetable what would you be?

"Okra. Because Okra requires no maintenance...and never complains never requires any attention."

Mary Cheh

Title/Role: Member of the District Council

If you were a vegetable what would you be?

Cheh said if she had to pick one, she would probably go with "broccoli." Why? Because she's she's been ridiculed for her health reforms by people who saying things like, "There’s Mary going again. She wants to put broccoli in the vending machines." Broccoli it is.

Jeff Mills

Title/Role: Food Services Director for DCPS

If you were a vegetable what would you be?

Mills couldn't quite decide what vegetable would personify him. He said his favorite veggie is boy choy. "But that would mean I'm green and a little spicy," he said discounting that option.

Considering all the greens he has brought into D.C. schools and his knack for spicing things, bok choy might actually be the perfect vegetable for him.

Andrea Northup

Title/Role: Founder and Director of the D.C. Farm to School Network

If you were a vegetable what would you be?

"Carrot: they are long and I really like them," she said. Also the D.C. Farm to School Network has a giant carrot costume that they use on the farm for field trips with the kids. "So actually I am a carrot," she said with a smile.

Steve Dingledine April 15, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Usually I prefer less government involvement, but in this case the government has a duty to protect kids from unhealthy food. I recently read that for the average kid one-sixth of their calories come from "added sugar." That's nastier than a Stephen Strasburg breaking ball!

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