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

Oct 4

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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Oct 6

Food Security Community Call

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

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Oct 11

Chesapeake Foodshed Feast

Join the Chesapeake Foodshed Feast in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 11th.

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oct 16-22

DMV Food Recovery Week 2022

We’re excited to co-host this year’s DMV Food Recovery Week alongside Manna Food Center, Community Food Rescue, PG County Food Equity Council, and DC Food Recovery!

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Oct 18

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am via Zoom.

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Oct 22

Sugarloaf Citizens Association: Regenerative Agriculture Event

Saturday, October 22, 8:30-11:00 a.m. Linden Farm, 20900 Martinsburg Rd, Dickerson. Open to everyone

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Oct 26

Food Education Working Group Meeting

Last Wednesday of the month from 1:30PM - 3PM

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nov 16-17

2022 Hunger Free Communities Virtual Summit

REGISTRATION FREE until September 2!

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