Speaking Out Against Asian American Hate & Racial Injustice

The Montgomery County Food Council stands in solidarity with our Asian-American community members, organizational partners, and neighbors who have been living in a heightened state of anxiety over the past year, not only facing the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic but also facing the stress and fear regarding their safety and livelihood as hate crimes against the Asian-American community have skyrocketed. The recent murders in Georgia, taking the lives of eight Americans, including six women of Asian descent, are just the latest in a string of more than 3,800 violent, racist incidents targeting Asian-Americans since the beginning of the pandemic. This must stop.

In Montgomery County, we have seen how the COVID-19 outbreak has disproportionately affected communities of color, including the more than 150,000 County residents who identify as Asian. At the same time, Asian-American-led food assistance providers, including the NHÀ VIỆT NAM Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club and Vietnamese American Services, have been at the forefront of community food security efforts, working diligently to address the ongoing hunger crisis. Asian-American-owned businesses such as American Shochu Company, Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream, Mama Goon’s Chinese Almond Cookies, and Cinnamon Tree Organics have pivoted to continue serving customers and collaborating with fellow businesses, contributing to the success and resilience of our local food economy. 

The Food Council recognizes and uplifts the leadership of Asian-American partners throughout the local food system, and we strongly condemn any acts of violence or hate against the Asian-American community. We remain committed to ongoing self-awareness, education, and advocacy in pursuit of our primary priority to build equity and justice in a food system that has, since its very beginning, established and reinforced structural racism and social injustice.

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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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