Meet Our Council Member: Bruce Baker

Each of our 25 Council Members hold important roles in the Montgomery County food system. These roles range from food assistance work, to running a composting business, to farming, and their work significantly impacts and improves the Montgomery County community. Bruce Baker, who became a Food Council member in January 2018, is the founder of Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER). CHEER works specifically in the Takoma Park/Long Branch area to address heal...
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The Food Council is Hiring a Food Economy Intern!

Food Economy Working Group
*PLEASE NOTE: This position has been filled.* The Food Council is currently seeking a self-motivated, skilled, and goal-oriented Food Economy Intern to assist staff with responsibilities related to Food Is Opportunity, an event that will be held on February 12, 2019 at Universities of Shady Grove (USG), as well as contributing towards other Food Council work. This is a primarily work-from-home internship with occasional travel to meeting and event sites within Montgomery County, MD. The in...
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Apply to Join our Community Advisory Board!

RAISE YOUR VOICE TO POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY! If you live in Montgomery County and currently receive Food Stamps, WIC or any other food or nutrition assistance benefits, or simply find you cannot afford to feed your family nutritious meals, the Montgomery County Food Council would love you to apply* for our newly created Food Security Plan Community Advisory Board to hear about your ability to access food in the County. The Food Council will be coordinating and facilitating this ...
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Meet the Makers: Red Bandana Bakery

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. For those with food sensitivities or allergies, enjoying special treats for birthdays, holidays, or just because, can be a challenge. Luckily, the Red Bandana Bakery in Bethesda i...
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The Food Council visits Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

There are approximately 5,000 Meals on Wheels chapters throughout the United States, each with the same purpose: to provide home-delivered meals, groceries, and group meals to homebound, elderly, and disabled clients who cannot shop or cook for themselves or have no one to assist them with these tasks on a regular basis. Through these efforts, Meals on Wheels helps to keep the aging and disabled living safely and independently at home. Montgomery County has several Meals on Wheels chapters, i...
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Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

A mother from Prague, a representative of the European Public Health Alliance, a member of the Diné tribe from New Mexico, and young man working for a Brazilian non-profit walk into a room... and discuss the effect junk food consumption has had on the populations they serve and how to combat it. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, a bi-annual event hosted by Slow Food International in Turin, Italy, is the arena within which conversations such as these can take place among diverse actors from communiti...
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Fall: What’s in Season Now?

Welcome to fall! The leaves are changing and so are the produce offerings. Winter squash varieties continue to expand, and apples take over as the most popular fruit at the farmers market. Fruit: Apple season will linger throughout the month of October, so there's still plenty of time to pick-your-own or whip up some pie! Additionally, pear season is in full swing, and several MoCo farms produce asian pears. Look out for these apple-pear hybrids, boasting a light sweetness like a pear but th...
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Prince Georges County Organics Compost Facility Tour

Here at the Montgomery County Food Council, we love food. We love eating it, we love making it, we love helping others gain access to it, and we love to dispose of it as responsibly as possible. We are even willing (and excited) to take up the opportunity to tour dozens of massive food waste piles when we have the chance! In early September, members of the Food Council, the Environmental Impact Working Group, and other County stakeholders interested in compost-related initiatives visited the Pri...
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Buy MoCo Made Swag!

We are now selling MoCo Made tee-shirts, infant onesies, and pint glasses on eBay! Buy your t-shirt here, an infant onesie here, and pint glasses here! Our MoCo Made Initiative began in 2017 with the launch of the MoCo Made logo in our 2017 Food and Beverage Guide. The MoCo Made brand was created in partnership with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to celebrate and increase the visibility of our County’s vibrant local food and beverage community. Encouraging residents an...
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The Food Council is Currently Accepting Applications for New Members

Join the Montgomery County Food Council The application cycle for 2019-21 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 partner and/or have a capacity to bring specific food system expertise, community relationships and/or resourc...
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