Food Council Supports Creation of Food Waste Task Force

The Food Council has submitted written testimony in support of numerous food-related bills this legislative session, including Maryland House Bill 743 – Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Task Force, sponsored by Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), which would create a Task Force to identify means to promote investment in infrastructure to expand food waste recovery, evaluate the current recovery of food waste in Maryland, identify opportunities for expansion, and more...
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Eat at Home: Why Buying Local Matters

The dramatic weather couldn't stop the Food Economy Working Group from hosting their extremely successful Public Meeting on Wednesday, February 24th. The group met at Denizens Brewing Co. in downtown Silver Spring and prepared for an evening of beer drinking and sampling delicious local foods. Vendors offering samples included The Urban Winery, Bakalva Couture, Cherry Glen Goat Cheese, Moorenko's Ice Cream, Ricciuti's Restaurant, Dawson's Market, Chouquette Chocolates, Woodbourne Creamery, Ch...
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An Inclusive Potluck

On Friday, February 19th, the Food Literacy Working Group (FLWG) Meeting gathered for a special-themed potluck: dishes inclusive of restrictive diets. There were gluten free dishes, dishes without dairy, and various vegetarian options. Below are some of the great recipes prepared by the Working Group members. Wendy Bazil of Healthier Kitchen, Winter Farro Salad "This recipe is a riff on one I’ve been making for years. for the Food Literacy working group potluck, I wanted to make something ve...
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CFR Mini Grants Program

The Community Food Rescue Mini-Grants Program is back, with support from Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Mead Family Foundation, and Burness! There are opportunities to receive grants for improving capacity and infrastructure of the local food recovery system, as well as for inventive and collaborative approaches in food recovery. The Mini-Grants process will be managed again this year by Intentional Philanthropy and Manna Food Center, with the generous support ...
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Working Group Co-Chair Profile: Susan Eisendrath

In her own words, Environmental Impact Working Group Co-Chair, Susan Eisendrath, tells us about her work, her passions, and her visions for the future of the Working Group: What I do: "I am self employed and manage rental real estate that we (my husband and I) own. I also do consulting work, specializing in creating training curriculum. I have a Master's in Public Health and I'm a Master Gardener and Master Composter. I'm currently working on producing a Master Composter training f...
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Everything You Need to Know about the Winter Eat Local Challenge!

The Eat Local Challenge is back with new basket ingredients! We had a great response to the Spring and Summer Challenges, and we are so excited to get started on the next batch. For those who don’t know, The Eat Local Challenge is an opportunity for home cooks to take local, seasonal ingredients and create their own recipes using at least three of the following ingredients: (We have included local farms or stores where each of these items can be purchased in Montgomery County. Please not...
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Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Warm Lentil Salad with Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette

"As a health coach, food blogger and advocate of healthy living, it’s important that I know where my food comes from. Additionally, I love knowing that I am helping the environment by buying what is local and in season. It is my pleasure to support the hands that feed our community" -Fall Winner, Natalie Matulich Here is the winning recipe from our Fall Eat Local Challenge:  INGREDIENTS: For Salad: 1 cup black lentils 3 ½ cups water 2 cups diced butternut squash 1 medium purp...
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Helping Farmers Expand Composting in the County

  Did you know that food scraps account for approximately 23% of the County's overall waste stream? And did you know that there are new state standards that allow farmers to use food scraps to make compost? That's o.k. if you didn't know...most County residents, and many farmers, don't know about this new opportunity to use food waste to produce a valuable soil amendment. That's why, on December 3rd, 2015, the Food Council Environmental Impact Working Group (EIWG) held a public meeting ...
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