Virtual Trainings for Hub Leaders and Food Assistance Providers

(Información en Español)

To complement the efforts of the Montgomery County Food Security Task Force, the County Council, the Department of Health and Human Services and the many dedicated food assistance providers who have worked tirelessly to increase access to food for county residents during the pandemic, the Montgomery County Food Council will continue hosting a series of virtual trainings presented by local experts throughout 2022, to share information, best practices, tips and resources to assist those engaged in the COVID-19 food security response. Sessions will include topics such as SNAP Basics, Transportation Equity Programs in Montgomery County, Safe Operation of Emergency Food Distributions, and Nutrition Standards and Education. 

Please see below for a detailed description of each upcoming and recorded sessions. While this series is intended to share practical and logistical advice and support for those organizations providing food assistance in Montgomery County during the pandemic and beyond, the sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about food security resources and best practices in Montgomery County. Registration for every session is not mandatory; please register for as many sessions as you are able to attend.

 Please see below for information and recordings from previous sessions 

Data Collection and Reporting: A New Tool for Food Assistance Providers–WATCH HERE!

In the fight against hunger, data collection plays a critical role in assessing need, identifying service gaps and deploying resources. This virtual training will provide you with an overview of a new Data Collection Tool recently unveiled by the Food Security Task Force to simplify reporting and make information more accessible. You will learn how to use this Data Collection Tool to assess your own impact and how the County uses collected data to craft policy, develop strategy and assess funding decisions. This virtual training is open to all Food Assistance Providers.

Intersection of Housing and Food Insecurity–WATCH HERE!

Food security and housing security are inextricably linked. With Montgomery County’s high cost of living, individuals often face difficult choices about how to spend limited resources, leaving them susceptible to both food insecurity and housing crises.  This virtual training will present an update on pandemic-related housing assistance, connect you with resources for clients facing homelessness, and provide information about how individuals experiencing homelessness can access food through prepared meals programs and federal nutrition benefits.  We will also look at the systematic changes and long term support needed to end homelessness in our community. Click here for a housing resource guide.

Featured Speakers:

Fresh Produce 101–WATCH HERE

Building a Resilient Nonprofit: 

This webinar is part of Nonprofit Montgomery’s Nonprofit Impact Series. Nonprofit Montgomery, Orgforward and the Montgomery County Food Council are partnering for this webinar, which will highlight challenges unique to food assistance providers. All are welcome, including organizations and individuals who are not currently engaged in food-related work.

Introduction to Food Assistance Resources in Montgomery County–WATCH HERE

Demystifying Data Collection

2020 Trainings: 

Please contact Susan Kornacki at susan@mocofoodcouncil.org with any questions. 

Upcoming Events

Jun 29

Food Education Working Group Meeting

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

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Jul 11

Food Security Community Call

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

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Jul 12

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

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

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Jul 19

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

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

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Jul 28

MoCo Made Food and Beverage Expo

Save the date: Thursday, July 28th, 11am-3pm

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aug 11-13

8th UMD EJ and Health Disparities Symposium

Please join the Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) for the 2022 Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium. 

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