Applications Now Open for the Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank Capacity Building Grant Program

September 18th, 2020: Montgomery County is now accepting applications for its Farm to Food Bank Capacity Building Grant program. $200,000 in funding will be awarded to assist Montgomery County-based food producing farms with the purchase of equipment, and/or to build food production capacity and infrastructure in order to contribute to the Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank program in 2021. Montgomery County farms can apply for up to $20,000. Applications for the grants are due by noon on Fr...
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Fall Virtual Trainings for Hub Leaders and Food Assistance Providers: Register Now!

To complement the efforts of the Montgomery County Food Security Task Force, the County Council, the Department of Health and Human Services and the many dedicated food assistance providers who have worked tirelessly to increase access to food for county residents during the pandemic, the Montgomery County Food Council will be hosting a series of virtual trainings presented by local experts during the Fall of 2020, to share information, best practices, tips and resources to assist those enga...
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HarvestShare: Small Seeds, Big Impact

 “The seedlings were just a catalyst. Like many others, I was starting to feel powerless as COVID became a reality this winter. I thought that by asking gardeners to share their home grown food, I could not only bring awareness to issues of food insecurity, I could provide others with an opportunity to feel a sense of purpose. By each doing a small part and pooling our resources we can have a big impact.”  -Cat Kahn, Founder, HarvestShare COVID-19 has changed our way of life, and as a commun...
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New Farm to Food Bank Investment Set to Strengthen Montgomery County Food Economy, Fill Nutrition Gap for Residents Experiencing Hunger  

On August 10th, the Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank program — a partnership between the Montgomery County Food Security Task Force, the Department of Health and Human Services, Manna Food Center, the Montgomery County Food Council, and the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture — announced an initial investment of over $200,000 in local farms to support a sustained and resilient local food supply and provide more nutritious and culturally diverse produce to residents who experience hunger. ...
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Building Partnerships in the Local Food System: Compost Crew and Rainbow Community Development Center

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, food assistance providers in Montgomery County have significantly expanded their efforts to serve food insecure community members. Along with the increased need amongst residents has come the increased need for food stocks amongst providers, and the continued efforts to reduce food waste. Recently, the Rainbow Community Development Center (RCDC) received roughly 2,500 lbs of unsalvageable spoiled produce from a well-intentioned donor, including 2,000 pounds of asparag...
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COVID-19 Food Distribution and Volunteer Management Toolkit

The Montgomery County Food Council, Department of Health and Human Services, East County Regional Service Center, Volunteer Center and Food Security Task Force have collaborated to create a Food Distribution and Volunteer Management Toolkit, comprising a checklist for the organization and logistical management of Grab and Go or Pop Up food distribution events, an abridged document aimed at food assistance providers to describe best practices in the management of volunteers who are making home de...
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Building Equity in our Local Food System

Alongside our community, the Food Council witnessed with outrage and grief the violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the most recent manifestations of systemic racial inequities in our country which have created deep disparities throughout our food, economic, and public health systems. In our own County, in this moment, we see how the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis have disproportionately affected communities of color. The neighborhoods most n...
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Words from our Community: The Impact of COVID-19

Since early 2019, the Food Council has been facilitating and supporting a quarterly meeting of a Food Security Community Advisory Board (FSCAB), in which members are invited to share their experiences of food insecurity and their thoughts and perspectives on the County’s Food Security Plan, in addition to learning community engagement and advocacy skills which will be used to develop policies and action items that will guide the implementation of the Plan’s recommendations by the Food Coun...
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COVID-19: Food Education Resources

In light of the current stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19, many Montgomery County food educators have created new online programming to help residents eat well and stay active while at home. The Montgomery County Food Council has compiled a list of the food education and health education resources that are currently available online to help County residents stay healthy and safe during COVID-19. Our sincere thanks go to our many food and health education partners for adapting their program...
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