[mgj-discuss] Fwd: $30 Million for Feeding DC Kids in Jeopardy
markgcimino at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 23 13:10:33 EDT 2002
DCMDVAWV Rhizome <justlikeatree at hotmail.com> wrote: From: "DCMDVAWV Rhizome"
To: markgcimino at yahoo.com
Subject: $30 Million for Feeding DC Kids in Jeopardy
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 19:07:31 +0000
>From: "Vanessa Dixon"
>Subject: $30 Million for Feeding DC Kids in Jeopardy
>Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 12:26:59 -0400
>FOR MORE INFORMATION:
>Mildred Brooks - 202.554-0156; Reuben Gist - 301-518-0537; Rick -
>202-397-2277; or 550-0686
>$30 MILLION FOR FEEDING DC KIDS IN JEOPARDY STARTING THIS SUMMER!!
>"While the Rats Feed Themselves, NOT the children."
>A public rally to demand reinstatement of recently-ousted child nutrition
>director Michele Tingling-Clemmons, and express concern for programs to
>children will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2002, 12:00 Noon, 441 4th
>Street, NW, One Judiciary Square. On April 16, 2002, the recent
>improvements, integrity and hard work to restore the District's credibility
>with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and ensure the continued
>flow of resources to feed low-income children, was dealt a low blow with
>the abrupt termination of Michele Tingling-Clemmons from her position as
>Director of the State Agency for Special Nutrition and Commodity
>Distribution Programs (SNAC), State Education Office. Tingling-Clemmons
>has been praised publicly by City Council Education Committee members, by
>State Education Officer Connie Spinner, and by officials from the USDA
>Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, for her deft and able administration of the
>State Agency. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her work
>in enabling the District to support programs that fed 21,000 children a day
>last summer - 10% more than in 2000 - through a model Summer Food Program.
>Tingling-Clemmons modestly deflects much of this praise, deferring to her
>staff's capabilities and emphasizing the team elements of the program's
>success. But those who worked with the State Agency prior to
>Tingling-Clemmons' tenure disagree. "I have seen a huge sea-change in the
>accessibility, responsiveness and focus of the State Agency since Michele
>became its Director", said Lynn Brantley, Executive Director of the Capital
>Area Food Bank. Brantley went on; "She was the right person in the right
>job, and I fear for the well-being of hungry children in the District when
>someone so capable and passionately committed to children is fired for
>doing her job and protecting programs that feed children."
># 30 #
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