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

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Upcoming Events

Nov 2- Dec 21

Fresh Conversations

Discuss current nutrition and health topics and discover new ways to be active.

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Nov 26-Dec 4

November 26-December 4, SupportMoCo2020 Fundraiser

Support the Food Council and Cornerstone Montgomery when you shop local this holiday season!

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Dec 7

Biweekly COVID-19 Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00-2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Dec 8

December 8th, Gift Outside the Box Virtual Event

Learn more about buying local this holiday season!

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Dec 9

SNAP Training

Upcoming Virtual Training on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) co-hosted by Maryland Hunger Solutions and Montgomery County Food Council.

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Dec 9-10

CYBERAG SYMPOSIUM

Join leaders in both agriculture and cybersecurity at the intersection of these two industries to explore emerging opportunities presented by the rise of agtech.

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Dec 14-18

Virtual Taste of Fox Chapel

A community event promoting international selection of restaurants at the Fox Chapel shopping center.

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Dec 16

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

3rd Wednesday of Every Month. The next meeting will be held on December 16th, 9-10:30am.

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Jan 5

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

Tuesday, 1/5 from 9:30-11am.

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