The Food Council is Recruiting for the 2021 Cohort of the FSCAB

The Montgomery County Food Council is recruiting members for the 2021 cohort of our Food Security Community Advisory Board (FSCAB). We are looking for residents who want to be the voice of our community to help guide our efforts. Please click on the flyer below for more information. Stipends will be provided to compensate members for the time that will be dedicated to participating on the board. To apply, please click this link and fill out our form: https://forms.gle/YxFZfRY77BzUfC146. ...
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Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank Capacity Building Grants Awarded to 22 Local Farms

$236,804 in grants has been awarded to 22 Montgomery County-based food producing farms to improve their infrastructure and expand their capacity to contribute local food to the Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank program in 2021. Grant awards are funded by the Montgomery County Government, Manna Food Center, and Food for Montgomery, a fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.  The 22 farms awarded funding through the program are: Alden Farms, Amaranth Acres, Beauty Blooms, L...
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MoCo Made Monday: The Beer Fairiez

When COVID forced the community into quarantine, opportunities to connect with families and friends started to look a bit different. For Josh and Jen Bienstock, they turned to beer. They began dropping off 4-packs of local craft beer for friends with a note from “The Beer Fairiez." The enthusiastic reception to this welcome surprise was infectious, and with each note came an invitation to continue spreading the love to others. And so, a movement began. In August 2020, The Beer Fairiez expand...
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Applications Now Being Accepted for the Montgomery County Resident & Community Food Production Gardening Grant Program

Applications are being accepted now through October 29th for Montgomery County's Resident and Community Food Production Gardening Grant Program. $160,000 in grants will be awarded to Montgomery County based organizations that increase resident access to yard, patio, and community gardening supplies, space, and education. 501(c)(3) organizations or collaboratives/community groups with nonprofit partners serving as project fiscal agents are eligible to apply. All applications will be completed th...
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The Food Council is Recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA!

The Montgomery County Food Council is recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA. The VISTA would collaborate with the Food Council and its partners to implement anti-hunger strategies and support community leaders in identifying food-resource barriers and developing comprehensive plans to end hunger. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@mocofoodcouncil.org by October 12th, 2020 with the subject line VISTA Application. Cover letters should include a summary of the candidate’s comm...
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MoCo Made Monday: Soup to Share

Coop's Soups began with loneliness. Cristin Cooper felt disconnected in her relationships, disconnected from her community, and disconnected with the food she was eating. As a result, she wanted to create a food product that would evoke a sense of mindfulness and being present with those sharing in the eating experience. Cristin had been regularly inviting friends over for dinners, cooking homemade soup and serving it with hearty, fresh baked bread, and these friends urged her to consider sellin...
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Applications Now Open for the Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank Capacity Building Grant Program

UPDATE, 10/15: This application cycle is now closed. 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,...
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Fall Virtual Trainings for Hub Leaders and Food Assistance Providers: Register Now!

(Información en Español) 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 re...
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Central Farm Markets: Perfecting the Pandemic Farmers Market Experience

The “MoCo Made Mondays” series highlights the people and products that are involved in our MoCo Made Program and featured in the Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide. From beer, to apples, to soup, to hot sauce, supporting local businesses has never been tastier! Get to know the neighbors proudly bringing you MoCo Made products. COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of farmers market operations; while enforcing masks and social distancing is the new normal for all businesses, limitin...
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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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