Opening Day at Crossroads Community Food Network Farmers Market

The Crossroads Community Food Network's Farmer's Market held its 2018 opening day on April 18th. The lively, bustling market will be held every Wednesday now through November 28th, from 11am-3pm. The market features local farmers, honey, coffee, food vendors, and activities. The Crossroads Farmer's Market had its first season in 2007, and is now in its twelfth year. Crossroads was the first market in Maryland to accept federal nutrition benefits, and the first in the country to launch a “...
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Food Security Plan: Year One Update

On March 12, the Food Council, together with representatives from Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and CountyStat, presented the Year One Update of the Food Security Plan to the County Council Health and Human Services Committee. We shared the first-year implementation successes of the Food Security Plan, and discussed plans to move forward on the Years Two and Three recommendations.  Since the Plan, which sets the goal of reducing food insecurity in the County from 7.0...
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Watershed Cafe: A MoCo Restaurant Using MoCo Made Ingredients

The Watershed Cafe in Poolesville has been open for less than a year and has already managed to become a hotspot for locals. The Food Council interviewed the Cafe's owner, Ben Ritter, to learn more about how he got into the restaurant business and his partnerships with local farmers and businesses.  After spending about 8 years as a farmer and instructor with Calleva, Ben Ritter found himself more excited about the cooking aspect of his job than the farming. He spent the next 3 years in the res...
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Introducing Manny, The Bus That’s Fighting Hunger

In mid-2017, Manna Food Center introduced their new project: Manny, a school bus that would be renovated and refurbished to be able to travel around Montgomery County as a mobile kitchen and pop-up pantry. Over the past few months, Manna Food Center staff, particularly Jaimie Mulligan, the new Program Coordinator for Manny, has worked to tweak and perfect Manny and has prepared for the program to take to the streets this March. Food Council staff had the opportunity to visit Manna and speak with...
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Dining with the Chefs Kickoff Event

 University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) at Shady Grove’s biannual Dining with the Chefs benefit for Campus Kitchens is coming up on April 30th. Food Council staff members had the opportunity to attend the kickoff event leading up to the benefit, where four local chefs taught UMES students a signature dish that the students will replicate at Dining with the Chefs in April.  The benefit is held to raise the funds needed for UMES/Campus Kitchens to buy the ingredients for the 200+ meals th...
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Food Council Members visit MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services

Earlier this week, Food Council staff and several Council Members had the opportunity to tour the MCPS Food and Nutrition Services facilities and meet with the new director, Mrs. Susan McCarron.  Mrs. McCarron has a background in dietetics and nutrition, and previously served as a Wellness Specialist and Food Services Supervisor with the Division of Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS). In her new position as director, she is dedicated to increasing healthy, exciting menu options for MCPS stude...
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Introducing Our New Food Council Members

The Montgomery County Food Council is pleased to announce that twelve 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 a hospital wellness representative, a farmer, food security experts, community organizers, a chef, a restaurant industry professional, and leaders in the nonprofit and environmental protection s...
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Food Council and Dawson’s Celebrate MoCo Producers at Meet the Locals

The Montgomery County Food Council was thrilled to partner with Dawson’s Market on November 14th for a special Meet the Locals event to share The 2017-18 Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide and MoCo Made logo. The second annual Food and Beverage Guide showcases the diverse array of food and beverages produced in farms and kitchens located in Montgomery County, or by businesses headquartered here. The 2017-18 Guide formally launches the new MoCo Made brand, created in partnership with the M...
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Food Council Releases Montgomery County Food Assistance Resource Directory

  Click here to view and download The Montgomery County Food Assistance Resource Directory The Food Council is pleased to release the first edition of The Montgomery County Food Assistance Resource Directory. This resource aims to more effectively connect people who seek food assistance services with those who provide them, as well as create stronger connectivity between the organizations providing food assistance resources in our County. In addition to this print resource, we plan to cre...
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