The Food Education Working Group’s (formerly the Food Literacy Working Group) mission is to improve the eating habits of those who live, work, or play in Montgomery County.
We implement this goal through advocacy and education on:
- healthy food choices,
- cooking skills,
- food safety,
- food marketing, and
- participating in the local, sustainable food system.
Food Literacy Assessment – We are currently creating this comprehensive resource to 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, we hope this resource will also strengthen collaboration and resource sharing among organizations providing food literacy services in the County. The FLWG is collecting basic information from relevant local service providers with the goal of creating a searchable database, print resources, and, possibly, an interactive map and app, for the use of all who access, give referrals to, or provide these services.
Following the creation of the Assessment, we will continue our efforts by hosting a series of listening sessions with local providers and residents to identify existing barriers to providing and accessing food education in the community and brainstorm strategies and resources needed to overcome these challenges. In 2019, we will specifically be examining gaps in service in Senior Nutrition in the County, as well as food available at County hospitals.
Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Wellness Regulation– Reviewed the MCPS Wellness Regulation in 2017, discussed food literacy recommendations to the policy, and summarized these recommendations into a policy letter that was submitted to MCPS.
Gardens Brochure – We created a print brochure to educate school leaders of the benefits of and resources available for having a school garden. This brochure can also be customized for other facilities, such as apartment buildings or retirement communities. The brochure is available for download here: MCFC School Garden Brochure.