The Montgomery County Food Council, at the request of Montgomery County Council President Gabe Albornoz and the Department of Health and Human Services, is serving as the project manager for the creation of a county government Strategic Plan to End Childhood Hunger. This plan will identify food access barriers and strategies to reduce food insecurity across all childhood age groups in Montgomery County.  The plan will outline the current policy, investment, and programmatic landscape related to childhood hunger in Montgomery County, accompanied by legislative, funding, and program expansion and creation recommendations and their associated estimated budget impact and metrics for success.

Strategic Brainstorming Groups

Strategic brainstorming groups will help:

  • Define the current landscape including resources, opportunities, challenges;
  • Identify potential policy, investment, and programmatic initiatives within the SBG focus area to end childhood hunger; and
  • recommend and outline timeline, leadership, and cost for implementation for the top 3-4 strategies.

One brainstorming group will focus on each of the intervention pathways (for a total of six groups):

  • School-based
  • Benefit program centered approaches
  • Early Childhood
  • Out-of-school strategies
  • Emergency Food Access/Community food distribution
  • Healthcare-focused

Brainstorming Group Meetings

Each brainstorming group will meet three times (2hrs per session, spaced three weeks apart), each time refining and focusing our discussion. 

  • Please complete this form to indicate your interest in participating in a Strategic Brainstorming Group.
Meeting 1 

We will work to define the scope and scale of childhood hunger in Montgomery County, and discuss the role of their area-specific strategies in combating childhood hunger. The group will also discuss major issues or challenges that need to be addressed in the final plan. In this session the group will discuss how to measure the need, as well as the success metrics for childhood hunger interventions.

Meeting 2 

In its second session each group will dive into childhood hunger intervention strategies, and talk about how those strategies could be developed, replicated, or scaled to help end childhood hunger in Montgomery County. Each group will work to determine what additional research, background, or investigation is needed to develop final recommendations in Meeting 3.

Meeting 3 

Each group will conclude by making actionable recommendations, picking the best strategies identified in Meeting 2 to meet the challenges identified in Meeting 1. They will work to give County leadership their best advice on what areas to focus on given limited resources, and provide suggestions on how to measure the success of these initiatives.

Healthcare Strategic Brainstorming Group
  • Tuesday, August 9th, 12-2pm
Benefit Programs Strategic Brainstorming Group
  • Thursday, August 11th, 1-3pm
Emergency Food Access/Community Food Distribution
  • Monday, August 15th, 2-4pm 
Early Childhood Strategic Brainstorming Group
  • Friday, August 19th, 10-12pm
School-Based Strategic Brainstorming Group
  • Wednesday, August 24th, 2-4pm
Out of School Strategic Brainstorming Group
  • Friday, August 26th, 12-2pm

Resident Engagement

Qualitative Feedback: Resident Listening Sessions

To collect qualitative feedback from residents, MCFC will have three 60-90 minute resident listening sessions, hosted by community organizations. MCFC will provide a toolkit to host organizations and send a representative to take notes for sessions conducted in English or Spanish.

Quantitative Feedback: Resident Survey

To collect quantitative feedback, MCFC will be conducting an online survey (based on questions from the Community Food Access Survey) administered in English and Spanish. The goal is to collect at least 500 responses.



Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Food System Advocacy Community Call

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Jan 27

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

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feb 2-april 6

Beginning Farmer Training Course

10-week course, meeting every Thursday evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm from February 2 through April 6, 2023.

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Feb 2

Sustainability Collaborative Launch Meeting

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Feb 3

Montgomery County Grants Nonprofit Feedback Session

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Feb 13

Food Security Community Call

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Feb 16

Increased Local Food Procurement Policy Priority Working Group Launch

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Feb 23

6th ANNUAL MoCo Food Producer Forum, Thurs, Feb 23, 9:30-12:30 at Ag History Farm Park (with lunch!)

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Mar 7

Equitable & Affordable Land Access for Food Production Policy Priority Working Group Launch

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