MoCo Made Happy Hour at True Respite

Throughout the summer of 2019, the Food Council will be hosting a series of MoCo Made Happy Hours in partnership with local breweries. These events will bring together community members, partner organizations, local food and beverage businesses, and County leaders to support MoCo Made and celebrate our amazing local food and beverage sector. Montgomery County is home to more than a million residents, thousands of businesses, hundreds of farms, and roughly a dozen breweries. These breweries o...
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Support the Food Council: Shop through Amazon Smile!

Support the Food Council by shopping with Amazon Smile! You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon, with the same products, the same prices, and the same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Click here to get started! Just search "Montgomery County Food Council" under "Select a Charity."
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School Wellness Campaign: Oakland Terrace ES

Throughout 2019, 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.  In 2014, Ms. Sarah...
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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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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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Introducing Seven New Council Members!

The Montgomery County Food Council is pleased to announce that seven new members have been selected to join the Food Council. These new members possess a wealth of expertise in local food issues and have demonstrated a commitment to improving the food system in Montgomery County. The new members include food security, nutrition, and health experts, a data analyst, food retail industry professionals, and community organizers. Their two-year terms will begin in January 2019. The new members are: ...
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Coming up on February 12: Food is Opportunity Day!

Food is Opportunity Day will be held in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove on February 12th, 2019! This event provides a great opportunity for local food and beverage businesses and farms to sample their product to retail, wholesale, and institutional buyers, build connections and new relationships with buyers and students, and network with other local food and beverage producers. The event will also feature educational panels to showcase the diverse career paths within the local f...
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