Montgomery County Food System COVID-19 Response

The Food Council shares the deep concerns of the community for the health and vitality of our residents, particularly the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our most vulnerable neighbors, and has included below relevant information about food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs.

Food System Community Response

Over 60,000 residents of Montgomery County are at risk for hunger each day, and their food access challenges are only exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, federal government changes to eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) will take effect on April 1st, likely reducing benefits for thousands of residents and further increasing food insecurity and financial strain for low-income residents.

On March 12, 2020 the Montgomery County Food Council conducted a video conference with 45 local food security leaders to gather information, share resources, and develop a community strategy to ensure food access for all residents in the coming month. Key take-aways:

Food Assistance Resources for Local Residents

The Food Council’s Food Assistance Resource Directory includes information on the location, hours, and eligibility guidelines for over 100+ sites in Montgomery County where residents can access food and benefits application assistance. Listings are searchable by location and service features such as home delivery. Maryland Hunger Solutions also offers a toll-free phone line that residents can call and schedule online SNAP Application Assistance sessions at 1-866-821-5552.

Community Support is Critical.

Montgomery County residents and organizations interested in supporting their community’s COVID-19 food assistance response are encouraged to:

Additional Resources:

We wish you and your colleagues and loved ones all the best, and encourage you to contact info@mocofoodcouncil.org with questions.

Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Food System Advocacy Community Call

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Jan 27

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

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feb 2-april 6

Beginning Farmer Training Course

10-week course, meeting every Thursday evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm from February 2 through April 6, 2023.

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Feb 2

Sustainability Collaborative Launch Meeting

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Feb 3

Montgomery County Grants Nonprofit Feedback Session

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Feb 13

Food Security Community Call

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Feb 16

Increased Local Food Procurement Policy Priority Working Group Launch

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Feb 23

6th ANNUAL MoCo Food Producer Forum, Thurs, Feb 23, 9:30-12:30 at Ag History Farm Park (with lunch!)

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Mar 7

Equitable & Affordable Land Access for Food Production Policy Priority Working Group Launch

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