The purpose of the Licensing Subcommittee is to clarify current food sampling licensing and regulatory requirements established at the state and Montgomery County levels, as well as to identify and address requirements that are potentially financially or operationally challenging for local producers, food educators, culinary instructors, and nonprofit organizations. 

  • Focus Areas:
    • Temporary food service licensing (for tastings of local products, dishes made during educational classes)
    • Farmers market licensing
    • Food demonstrations
  • Process
    • Form a subgroup with representatives of local organizations and stakeholder groups
    • Determine current regulations at the County and State levels
  •  Goals
    • Identify the potential positive changes to current regulations and determine the effect that the proposed changes would have on the budget.
    • Present findings to County leaders and potentially advocate for policy change
    • Ensure requirements maintain necessary food safety standards while creating an environment that fosters opportunities for small business growth and nutrition education in Montgomery County.

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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