Our Impact

 

Montgomery County COVID-19 Emergency Food Access Grants Impact Report

This grant program was implemented by the Food Security Task Force via a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Food Council, and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.  The $1.2 million in funding for the program was appropriated by the Montgomery County Council to increase food access to county residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, including funding for partnerships with ethnic grocers to increase availability of culturally appropriate food assistance.

This report outlines the tremendous positive impact on food security in our community made by the 38 nonprofit initiatives that received grant funding in May 2020, and shares highlights of the collaboration, innovation, and lessons learned through this COVID-19 response program.

Food Security Community Advisory Board Impact Report

The Food Council launched the Food Security Community Advisory Board (FSCAB) in December 2018 to directly engage residents with lived experience of food insecurity as food access resource navigators, advocates, and leaders in their communities.

The diverse community voices of these County residents are critical to developing programs and policies directed by the expertise of those who have been most marginalized by our food system. The expertise contributed by Board members is essential to assessing food security programs in the County and identifying food access barriers that remain to be addressed. This report highlights the tremendous impact that FSCAB members have made on food security initiatives and advocacy in our community. We are honored to uplift the recommendations of Board members for key policy changes that nonprofits, government agencies, and individual residents should implement as our community works collectively towards a more food secure Montgomery County.

Food Council Achievements Report, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a food access crisis in Montgomery county and throughout the region, deepening inequalities in our local food system as unemployment and small businesses closures rose, and illuminating and intensifying health disparities. Montgomery County has seen an estimated 50% increase in the number of residents accessing food assistance services, from 60,000 pre-pandemic to over 100,000 residents currently. The Food Council has been leading the response efforts, convening thousands of community partners to collaboratively and effectively address the increase increase need.

Upcoming Events

May 17

Food Security Community Call

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

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May 18, 25, June 1

Spring Speakers Series

The Montgomery County Planning Department would like to extend a special invitation to you, your organization, clients, and/or stakeholders to attend the 2021 Spring Speakers Series starting Tuesday, May 18th from 6-8PM.

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May 19

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

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

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May 19

Food Assistance Resources in Montgomery County with the Montgomery County Food Council

11AM-12:15PM - Tune in to learn more about food insecurity in the County and the County’s COVID-19 food assistance response.

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May 23

One Acre Farm: Spring Farm Tour

Come out to One Acre Farm to meet Farmer Mike, the team, and learn about how One Acre Farm grows veggies and maintains (and improves) the health and resilience of the farm's soil!

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May 25

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

11AM-12PM - Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization.

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Jun 1

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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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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