Meet the Makers: True Respite

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. Brendan and Bailey O'Leary decided to open True Respite in April of 2014 while living in Denver, CO. They had both been home brewing for years and had completely fallen in love with the b...
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Meet the Council Member: Michelle Caruso

Michelle Caruso is one of seven new Food Council Members joining us in 2019. She is a Program Manager at the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), and she joins the Food Council with extensive experience in dietetics, health care, wellness, and food security work. Michelle first became interested in working in community health while training to become a Registered Dietitian in Houston, TX. She participated in a competitive fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine’s Adolescent Medic...
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Food is Opportunity Day

"What does food mean to you?" This is a question that we ask our new Council Members each year at our New Council Member Orientation. Answers often include "happiness" or "family gatherings" or "tradition." In thinking about what food means to our organization and our community, we developed another answer: food is opportunity. Having access to food creates the opportunity for improved learning for school-aged children, security for hard working parents, and a sense of dignity for those that ...
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Food Assistance Resources During the Government Shutdown

Below are some useful links and information about food assistance to reference during the Government Shutdown. Montgomery County Food Assistance Resource Directory The Food Assistance Resource Directory (FARD) lists over 70 food assistance providers in Montgomery County, offering options ranging from choice pantries to hot meals. The online Food Assistance Resource Map can help you determine which food assistance providers are located closest to you. You can download and print copies...
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Introducing Seven New Council Members!

The Montgomery County Food Council is pleased to announce that seven 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 food security, nutrition, and health experts, a data analyst, food retail industry professionals, and community organizers. Their two-year terms will begin in January 2019. The new members are: ...
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Coming up on February 12: Food is Opportunity Day!

Food is Opportunity Day will be held in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove on February 12th, 2019! This event provides a great opportunity for local food and beverage businesses and farms to sample their product to retail, wholesale, and institutional buyers, build connections and new relationships with buyers and students, and network with other local food and beverage producers. The event will also feature educational panels to showcase the diverse career paths within the local f...
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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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