Since early 2019, the Food Council has been coordinating and facilitating a Food Security Community Advisory Board (FSCAB), in which members are invited to share their experiences of food insecurity and their thoughts and perspectives on the County’s Food Security Plan, in addition to learning community engagement and advocacy skills which will be used to develop policies and action items that will guide the implementation of the Plan’s recommendations by the Food Council and its partners.

The Food Council thanks the community members and partners who have contributed to the success of the Food Security Community Advisory Board since its creation:

  • Theresa Bove
  • Gladys Range
  • Ashli Beasley
  • Charmaine Howard
  • Cynthia Wilson
  • Isaac Manchego
  • Vanesa Pinto
  • Matilda Adu
  • Michelle Rogers
  • Rhona Reiss
  • Sam Miller
  • Mary Simons
  • Ebonie Gadson
  • Mikal Abraha
  • Claudette Brown
  • Julie Resendiz
  • Elizabeth Umana
  • Evangeline Kirirgua
  • Katherine Sosa
  • Patricia Buenrostro
  • Beri Kari-Fonge
  • Milagro Flores
  • Yazmin Ramirez
  • Angelica DeSoto
  • Bruce Baker
  • Diana Tato-Niktash
  • Jennifer Renkema
  • Jenna Umbriac
  • Heather Bruskin
  • Allie Sklarew

“I am grateful I have an opportunity to serve in this board to advocate and brainstorm solutions for students who face food insecurity in our campus. The perspectives offered come from a diverse group to ensure no one is left behind in this war to eradicate food insecurity in Montgomery County.”

-Mikal Abraha, 2020 FSCAB member





Thank you to the Healthcare Initiative Foundation for supporting this program!

Upcoming Events

Apr 19

Food Security Community Call

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

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Apr 21

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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Apr 23

Smithsonian Seminar on Reducing Food Waste

Friday, April 23, Smithsonian Seminar on Reducing Food Waste, 3:30-5:00pm

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Apr 27

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

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Apr 27

Film Screening: A Community of Gardeners

A Community of Gardeners," sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

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April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th

Gardening Grant Showcase

The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.

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Apr 28

Stop Food Waste: Driving Awareness to Fight Food Waste

Stop Food Waste: Driving Awareness to Fight Food Waste. 2021 Virtual Event.

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Apr 29

Bethesda Green Innovation Lab – Entrepreneurs as Transformers

You’re invited to join Bethesda Green's Innovation Lab for an engaging, virtual event to celebrate the entrepreneurs of our Innovation Lab.

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Apr 30

Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion

The Montgomery County Food Council will be hosting a virtual Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion taking place on  Friday, April 30th from 10-11:30am.

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May 4

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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May 25

Creating A Thriving Volunteer Team: Best Practices for Effective Recruitment, Management, and Retention in a Food Assistance Organization

Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization.

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