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Dear Chancellor Henderson,

We are outraged that you plan to hastily swap in a new food service management company for D.C. Public Schools. This would be short-sighted if you aim to serve healthy, cost-effective school meals in the long run. We suggest that the District move towards producing meals in-house - a model proven financially solvent in large, urban school districts across the country.

In Washington, DC, where one in two children is at risk of hunger, it is paramount that we take the matter of school meals seriously. It's no secret that nutritious, high-quality school meals help students reach their full academic potential. A strategic shift towards a self-operated food service operation would make the most sense for the heath and well-being of District’s schoolchildren, and would save the District money over time by cutting out the corporate middle-men.

You can take the opportunity now to begin a transition towards a self-operated meal program for D.C. Public Schools. There are professional consultants who've helped school districts shift from vendors to self-operated programs - we can tap in to their expertise and work as a community to lay out a strategic plan.

Or you can continue to play musical vendors, jeopardizing the gains in quality and nutrition of school meals that have been made over the past few years. While the new RFP sets high standards for food quality and accountability, we need a long-term plan for the serving healthy, cost-effective meals for the District of Columbia's children.

Sincerely,

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