Montgomery County school food forum is Saturday -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated and corrected at 4:10 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2013. An explanation follows the story.

Montgomery County’s inaugural school food forum, “Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring.

The forum will feature regional and national experts on nutrition and diet, food education, and sourcing fresh, local food for school systems.

Keynote speaker Tony Geraci is a nationally known school food reformer, former food director for Baltimore City Public Schools, current director of nutrition services in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., and subject of the film “Cafeteria Man.”

Presenters include Marla Caplon, director of the Montgomery County Public Schools Division of Food and Nutrition Services; Lisa Y, Lefferts, senior scientist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest; endocrinologist Shivani Narasimhan of Annapolis; Kathy Lawrence, director of strategic development, School Food Focus; Jill Coutts, science resource and horticulture teacher, Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring; Karla Kratovil, PTA vice president and school garden coordinator at Flower Hill Elementary School in Gaithersburg; county Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park; and Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring.

There will be a nutritious, locally sourced lunch.

The forum is co-hosted by Real Food for Kids-Montgomery and Montgomery Victory Gardens.

Registration, including lunch, is $30. For more information and to register, visit

An earlier version of this story listed Ype Von Hengst as a speaker, but he is no longer scheduled to speak. Also, the cost of registration is now $30; it had been $25 before the early-bird deadline.