Sharing your time and resources with the Food Council benefits both you and your community and environment! There are a wide variety of options for supporting your local food system to fit any level of availability. There also are many benefits to volunteering:
- Network with other community members who share a commitment to improving the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of the County
- Learn more about events, resources, and food system related news
- Gain experience and develop skill sets in your area of interest
- Develop a better understanding of where and how food is produced, distributed, and sold in Montgomery
- Collaborate with government and non-profit leaders and local business representatives
- Make a concrete, long-term positive impact on our local food system
> Subscribe to our Newsletter
Our quarterly e-newsletter provides updates on Food Council and Working Group activities and achievements, upcoming events, and regional food system news.
> Attend Events
See our calendar for a list of Food Council and other local food-related happenings. Hear speakers, participate in a community forum, attend a conference or film screening, join a webinar, visit a farm, or enjoy a Farm-to-Table dinner. There are many opportunities for you and your friends, family, and colleagues to learn and network in our community!
> Participate in our Eat Local Challenge
Each season the Food Council releases a list of ingredients all produced or grown in Montgomery County. The public is then invited to create and submit an original recipe featuring at least three of these ingredients for a chance to win a gift card to Dawson’s Market or Central Farm Markets and possibly even have your recipe featured on a local restaurant menu.
Support our efforts to develop a local, sustainable, more robust food system in Montgomery County. Donations directly fund our staffing and operating costs, enabling us to maintain long-term programs and sustained efforts connecting strategic partners.
> Follow and Share on Social Media
Keep updated and informed on local food system news, opportunities, and events. Help us increase awareness about food and environmental issues in Montgomery County. Encourage your friends to learn more and get involved!
> Volunteer with our Partners
Provide hands-on support to our partner organizations who are actively engaged at all levels of the food system. Bring your friends and family, office mates or community group, to contribute to your community, earn SSL hours, and make an immediate impact locally.
> Join a Working Group
The work of the Food Council is accomplished primarily through its four Working Groups, which meet monthly. Anyone is invited to join the Working Groups; public participation in our working groups is essential for our success and we welcome all volunteers to join our effort.
> Apply to Become a Food Council Member
Members meet bi-monthly to guide the activities of the Food Council and discuss policies and broader issues that impact our overall food system. Council Members are selected through an annual application process.