Tips for Reducing Food Waste this Holiday Season

With each cookie exchange, holiday party, and end-of-year office happy hour, there is food being wasted. Although food waste is an issue year-round, the amount of food eaten, shared, and wasted is at a high from November through January. As you celebrate with your loved ones in the coming weeks, we encourage you to be mindful of where your food is going when it leaves the table. Read on for more information about food waste from our Council Member, David Robert Lambert. "Tom Vilsack was Se...
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Shop #MoCoMade this Holiday Season!

Looking for the perfect present for your chocoholic best friend, a locally made bottle of wine to gift to a holiday party host, or a stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life? Look no further than the Montgomery County Food and Beverage Guide! Featuring over 60 locally made food and beverage products and MoCo farms, the 2018-2019 Food and Beverage Guide offers plenty of holiday gift ideas! Support local food businesses and give #MoCoMade this holiday season! Also, visit the Montgomery County ...
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Food Council Currently Accepting Applications for our Board of Directors

The Food Council is currently seeking Board of Directors candidates who are committed to improving the Montgomery County food system and live, work, or have a strong interest/investment in Montgomery County. The Food Council is committed to building a culturally diverse Council and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Montgomery County Food Council is governed by a Board of Directors responsible for the control and managemen...
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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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