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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Montgomery County Food Access Grant Program

Montgomery County will begin accepting applications for its Food Access Grant Program at 10am on Monday, May 4th. The Food Access Grant funding will be used to provide food assistance to hard-to-reach communities in Montgomery County during the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Non-profit organizations can apply for up to $75,000. Applications for the grants are due by noon on Friday, May 8th and funds will be distributed beginning Tuesday, May 12th. All materials are avai...
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Weekend Bag Sites for the Weekend of 4/9-4/13

Due to MCPS spring break, all MCPS meal sites will be closed from Thursday, 4/9- Monday, 4/13. MCPS provided three extra meals to students on Wednesday, 4/8 (for a total of six meals per student), though this will still leave a gap for students over the weekend. Several food assistance providers will be coordinating weekend bag distribution to students to support family food access during this closure. Women Who Care Ministries, in partnership with Rainbow Community Development Center, wi...
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Support Your Local Farmer: Join a MoCo Made CSA Program!

Do you and your family love healthy, seasonal produce? Are you interested in supporting your local agricultural community and food system? Then a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program might be a great option for you! Multiple MoCo Made farms offer CSA programs, with options for on-farm pickup, farmers market pickup, and other convenient, affordable ways to get a WEEKLY supply of delicious, fresh local vegetables and herbs! Common Root Farm About: Common Root Farm is a certi...
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COVID-19: Supporting MoCo Made Businesses

Several MoCo Made businesses have shifted to online ordering, delivery/pick-up services, and reduced-rate shipping in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. When shopping for food and other supplies, consider buying from local businesses whenever possible. Local restaurants often sell gift cards online that can be purchased now and used to dine out or as a gift at a later date. Current offers are included below: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JOINING A MOCO MADE CSA PROGRAM.  AMAC Foods: Buy 3+...
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Montgomery County Food System COVID-19 Response

The Food Council shares the deep concerns of the community for the health and vitality of our residents, particularly the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our most vulnerable neighbors, and has included below relevant information about food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs. Food System Community Response Over 60,000 residents of Montgomery County are at risk for hunger each day, and their food access challenges are only exac...
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School Wellness Campaign: Dufief Elementary School

Throughout 2019-2020, Food Council staff, Council Members, and partners will be visiting Montgomery County Public Schools that have implemented exemplary wellness initiatives that encourage students to make healthier, more conscientious choices. We are hopeful that sharing and celebrating these wonderful accomplishments will motivate schools throughout the County to adopt similar wellness programs and promote a celebration of  existing and evolving school wellness initiatives. At the end of ...
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The Future of Food Education in Montgomery County

In June of 2019, the Food Council released our Food Literacy Assessment, a landscape assessment that was conducted by the Food Education Working Group and our partners to identify food literacy gaps, and advocate for an increase in and improvement of food education programs in the County. The Food Literacy Assessment includes information about nearly 100 local food education providers, best practices, and programs, and on December 11th, 2019, the Food Council hosted "The Future of Food Education...
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