Who We Are

The Montgomery County Food Council is a nonprofit organization that serves as the primary connection point for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and residents around food system issues in our County. We bring together over 2,000 local and regional partners in community-wide education, advocacy, and capacity building initiatives. Our work cultivates a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable local food system by enhancing food access for the over 100,000 at risk for hunger, expanding food education opportunities for all residents, supporting our County’s farms and food and beverage businesses, and addressing the impact of local food production, distribution, consumption and recycling on our natural resources.

Our mission is to bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders in a public and private partnership to improve the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system.

Our vision is to cultivate a vibrant food system in Montgomery County that consciously produces, distributes, and recycles food, making it accessible to all residents while promoting the health of the local food economy, its consumers, and the environment.

The backbone of our work is our four Working Groups: Food Recovery and Access, Food Economy, Food Education, and Environmental Impact. We are an active participant in urban and rural policy and process change, leading the way to a more healthful and sustainable community by bringing together producers, retailers, consumers, and educators in a coordinated effort to address the broad range of issues surrounding food and food sourcing in our county. The Food Council engages constituents with the local food system through job opportunities, volunteer projects, and purchasing practices, and educates Montgomery County residents and institutions to promote a greater awareness of the entire food cycle: where food comes from, where it ends up, and its social, environmental, and economic impacts.

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Upcoming Events

Apr 19

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00 or 2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Apr 21

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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Apr 23

Smithsonian Seminar on Reducing Food Waste

Friday, April 23, Smithsonian Seminar on Reducing Food Waste, 3:30-5:00pm

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Apr 27

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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Apr 27

Film Screening: A Community of Gardeners

A Community of Gardeners," sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

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April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th

Gardening Grant Showcase

The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.

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Apr 28

Stop Food Waste: Driving Awareness to Fight Food Waste

Stop Food Waste: Driving Awareness to Fight Food Waste. 2021 Virtual Event.

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Apr 29

Bethesda Green Innovation Lab – Entrepreneurs as Transformers

You’re invited to join Bethesda Green's Innovation Lab for an engaging, virtual event to celebrate the entrepreneurs of our Innovation Lab.

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Apr 30

Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion

The Montgomery County Food Council will be hosting a virtual Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion taking place on  Friday, April 30th from 10-11:30am.

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May 4

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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May 25

Creating A Thriving Volunteer Team: Best Practices for Effective Recruitment, Management, and Retention in a Food Assistance Organization

Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization.

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