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

Jan 19

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

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

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Jan 25

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

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Jan 26

Making the Case for Regional Food Systems

Are you an advocate or funder of regional food systems? Do you want to know more about RFS and “thinking regionally”?

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Feb 1

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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Feb 2-6

Healing Caucus Spaces for BIPOC and White Farm, Garden, Food, Land Educators

Healing Caucus Spaces for BIPOC and White Farm, Garden, Food, Land Educators.

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Feb 3

Data Collection and Reporting: A New Tool for Food Assistance Providers

In the fight against hunger, data collection plays a critical role in assessing need, identifying service gaps and deploying resources.

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Feb 14

Food Security Community Call

Second Monday of each month, 1:00 to 2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Mar 5

Montgomery Youth Climate Summit

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will hold its first-ever Youth Climate Summit for high school students on Saturday, March 5, at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.

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March 15-17

National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

Join thousands of your fellow anti-hunger advocates from across the country at the 2022 virtual National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (AHPC), March 15-17.

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