Food Council Impact Highlights: January 2021

Thank you to our partners and supporters for their continued contributions to our work. Read on for more information about our achievements in January 2021!

Community Engagement and Network Building:

During the month of January, the Food Council hosted 10 meetings attended by more than 300 community members, including three working group meetings, two Food Security Community Calls, the first round of the Gardening Grant showcase, advocacy discussions with local elected officials, and several meetings for the County’s Food Security Task Force. The Food Council also hosted a virtual service activity for Hunger Free America’s “Serve-A-Thon” event, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and attended the Hunger Free America Anti-Hunger Conference. In total, the Food Council participated in over 50 community engagements this January, connecting with over 600 local residents, businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders

Our communications team shared over 100 social media posts (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) related to food assistance resources and distribution events, and our website received 5,756 visits to pages pertaining to food security resources. The Food Council also launched a short, 8-question COVID-19 Community Food Access Survey in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, and Mandarin to collect input from residents that will guide the County’s food distribution plans in 2021. In an effort to continue building the capacity of local food system partners, we shared information about various grant opportunities for food assistance providers, businesses, and farms, as well as job openings that are available at several of our partner organizations. 

Food Security Highlights:

Working Group and Committee Meeting Highlights: 

Over 295 community partners joined us for our working group meetings this month. 

Policy and Advocacy Highlights: 

Thanks to all of our partners for continuing to support our efforts! Check back next month for another update. Please contact with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Jan 30-March 20

Master Gardeners: Free Gardening Presentations (Español)

Montgomery County Master Gardeners are offering three free gardening presentations in Spanish via Zoom!

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Mar 2

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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Mar 2

Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series

The UMD AGNR Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series is kicking off on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM with "Building a Localized Waste-free Food System One Apply at a Time".

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Mar 6

The Art of the Seed Start


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Mar 8

Food Security Community Call

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

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Mar 17

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

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

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Mar 22-23

Basic GAP Training

Register now for a Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training, open exclusively to Montgomery County farmers!

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Mar 23

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

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Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8

Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World

Western Maryland Food Council presents "Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World" virtual conference, 1-3:30PM March 25th, April 1, April 8.

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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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