The Food Council is Recruiting New Members

Join the Montgomery County Food Council The application cycle for 2018-20 Food Council members is now open. The Montgomery County Food Council is now accepting applications for new Council Members. Ideal candidates live, work, or have a strong investment in Montgomery County, have expertise in local food-related issues, represent a food system sector or community stakeholder group, and have a capacity to bring specific food system or community relationships and resources to the effort....
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Food Council to Create Food Literacy Resource Guide

A primary goal of the Food Council's Food Literacy Working Group (FLWG) is to increase County residents' access to healthy cooking, nutrition, and food safety education and resources. As part of that mission, our FLWG is currently creating a comprehensive “Food Literacy Resource Guide” which will more effectively connect County residents who seek to improve their culinary skills and/or knowledge of nutrition and food safety with the local organizations that provide these services. In addition, w...
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Register for the 2017 Food and Beverage Guide and Join the MoCo Made Movement

We are gearing up to launch the 2017 Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide, which will be bigger and better than ever before! The first edition of the Guide, which was published in September 2016, was a first-of-its kind Montgomery County resource featuring packaged goods, beverages, desserts and confections created by food and beverage artisans located or headquartered in Montgomery County. The enhanced 2017 Guide will include farms in Montgomery County and will feature an expanded list of ...
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Food Council’s 5% Day at Montgomery County Whole Foods Stores

On June 22nd, we hosted a successful and activity-filled 5% Day at Montgomery County Whole Foods Market locations. We are tremendously grateful to Whole Foods Market for generously donating 5% of all purchases made on that day at all five stores to support our food system work in the County! The Food Council organized entertainment and activities throughout the day at the Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Rockville, Bethesda, and Kentlands stores, including local product tastings, cooking de...
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Food Council Members Tour the Montgomery County Ag Reserve

On a breezy, sunny day in May, Food Council Members enjoyed an informative tour of the Montgomery County Ag Reserve led by the Office of Agriculture Director, Jeremy Criss. The tour followed a route from the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood to six farms throughout the 93,000-acre reserve, during which attendees learned about the history of the reserve, the products grown there, and the contribution of the agricultural community to the County’s economy. Montgomery County’s strong agri...
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Montgomery County Food Security Plan Shared with the Public

Many of our neighbors are deeply entrenched in poverty, and 70,000 of them are unsure of where or when they will get their next meal. The Montgomery County Food Security Plan is the blueprint for how every local business, nonprofit, government agency and resident can contribute to ensuring all County residents have access to sufficient, nutritious food. The Food Security Plan was unveiled to the public on April 6th, 2017 at an event featuring the policymakers who led the Plan's creation, ...
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Food Economy Working Group Hosts Networking and Discussion Event

New, established and prospective food and beverage businesses gathered at Dawson's Market in Rockville on February 21st for a Networking and Discussion Event: Making it easier to start and run a food or beverage business in Montgomery County. Judy Stephenson, Small Business Navigator in the Montgomery County Office of the County Executive, was on hand to solicit candid feedback from local businesses on the challenges they have encountered launching and operating their businesses. The 35 food or ...
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Red Lentil Ragu Recipe

By Food Council Member, Wendy Nevett Bazil @healthierkitchen (Serves 8 - 10) I love this dish mostly because it tastes great, but also because it’s a terrific dish without any animal protein that still has a meaty feel for meat eaters and a familiar flavor for skeptics. It’s delicious served over pasta, brown rice, mashed potatoes or other root vegetables, even roasted spaghetti squash, topped with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, nutritional yeast, or faux parmesan. This...
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