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, particularly in school settings and for vulnerable populations such as seniors,
  • cooking skills,
  • food safety,
  • food marketing, and
  • participation in the local, sustainable food system.

Working Group Initiatives

Food Literacy Assessment

The Food Literacy Assessment includes data on the resources offered by more than 100 community stakeholders, including, but not limited to, food assistance providers, hospital wellness representatives, faith-based organizations, garden education providers, culinary and nutrition educators.

The FEdWG’s goal is for this assessment to be used to identify food literacy gaps, better allocate resources, strengthen collaboration and resource sharing among providers, and advocate for an increase in and improvement of food education programs in the County.

The Future of Food Education in Montgomery County

In December 2019, the Food Council hosted “The Future of Food Education in Montgomery County,” to convene more than 70 food system stakeholders, food educators, and County policymakers to discuss the food literacy needs in our community. Recommendations that resulted from the discussion included:

  • Enhanced data collection and evaluation amongst food education providers
  • Engaging public and private sector food education and food service providers (including schools and hospitals)
  • Addressing equity and justice in food education
  • Advocating for increased government and private sector support of food education initiatives

Research

Upcoming Events

May 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am via Zoom.

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May 24

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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May 24

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Mental Health & Homelessness

Shepherd’s Table is hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Mental Health & Homelessness on Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

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Jun 7

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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Jun 13

Food Security Community Call

Second Monday of each month, 1:00 to 2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Jul 28

MoCo Made Food and Beverage Expo

Save the date: Thursday, July 28th, 11am-3pm

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