Our First Food Security Community Advisory Board Meeting

For families and individuals struggling with food insecurity, it's often difficult to seek help and share these challenges with others. In an effort to bring these difficulties to light and more adequately address them, the Food Council has established a Food Security Community Advisory Board (FSCAB). 14 community members and 6 food assistance organization representatives were in attendance at the first FSCAB meeting on February 5th, 2019, to have open conversations on the issue of food insecuri...
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Meet the Makers: True Respite

The “Meet the Makers” blog series highlights the people, products, and produce featured in the 2018-19 edition of the Food and Beverage Guide. From beer to chocolates to apples to hot sauce, supporting local producers has never been tastier! Get to know the neighbors proudly bringing you MoCo Made products. Brendan and Bailey O'Leary decided to open True Respite in April of 2014 while living in Denver, CO. They had both been home brewing for years and had completely fallen in love with the b...
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Meet the Council Member: Michelle Caruso

Michelle Caruso is one of seven new Food Council Members joining us in 2019. She is a Program Manager at the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), and she joins the Food Council with extensive experience in dietetics, health care, wellness, and food security work. Michelle first became interested in working in community health while training to become a Registered Dietitian in Houston, TX. She participated in a competitive fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine’s Adolescent Medic...
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Board of Directors

The Food Council Nominating Committee selects and appoints nine representatives for one- and two-year long terms as Montgomery County Food Council Board Members. Board Members are responsible for: Safeguarding the Council’s mission and ensure the stability of the organization Developing and recommending the Council’s direction and objectives by developing strategic priorities and long-term plans for Council approval Developing an annual budget and operating plans for presentation to ...
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Food is Opportunity Day

"What does food mean to you?" This is a question that we ask our new Council Members each year at our New Council Member Orientation. Answers often include "happiness" or "family gatherings" or "tradition." In thinking about what food means to our organization and our community, we developed another answer: food is opportunity. Having access to food creates the opportunity for improved learning for school-aged children, security for hard working parents, and a sense of dignity for those that ...
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Food Assistance Resources During the Government Shutdown

Below are some useful links and information about food assistance to reference during the Government Shutdown. Montgomery County Food Assistance Resource Directory The Food Assistance Resource Directory (FARD) lists over 70 food assistance providers in Montgomery County, offering options ranging from choice pantries to hot meals. The online Food Assistance Resource Map can help you determine which food assistance providers are located closest to you. You can download and print copies...
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