Meeting Schedule:9:30-11am on the second Thursday of every month in Rockville
Goal: To advise and support the development of, and participation in, a collaborative system in Montgomery County in order to increase the recovery and appropriate distribution of surplus food from local farmers, local businesses, and local organizations.
Current project: Advise the creation and implementation of the Community Food Rescue system. Anyone is invited to join the Working Groups, and public involvement is encouraged. Please contact Cheryl Kollin, Community Food Rescue Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization/business is interested in getting involved.
In 2012 the Montgomery County Council established the Food Recovery Working Group (FRWG). The Working Group was asked to develop a report detailing how to create and implement a food recovery system in Montgomery County. The Food Recovery Working Group delivered its Action Plan to County Council in August 2013, which became the basis of Community Food Rescue. The FRWG advises and supports the Coordination Team which is charged with developing the overall strategy, design, and implementation of Community Food Rescue.
Community Food Rescue is a new initiative to develop a coordinated food recovery system throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. This system enhances the good work of businesses, agencies, and organizations that already recover perfectly good food before it is thrown away. Using a systems approach, our goal is to reduce food that is still being wasted and redirect it to hunger relief agencies that serve those in need. To learn more about Community Food Rescue and to follow their progress, visit their website www.communityfoodrescue.org and view their Intro video: http://youtu.be/d4OAc_Km7h4.
Active Food Recovery Working Group Organizations
· Celestial Manna · DC Central Kitchen · Family Services Inc · Food Donation Connection · Food Recovery Network · Full Plate Ventures · Gaithersburg HELP · growingSOUL · Interfaith Works · Manna Food Center · Montgomery County Depart of Health and Human Services · Montgomery County Dept. of Econ. Devel–Ag Services · Montgomery County Public Schools Food Services · Montgomery College · Montgomery County Council staff · Nourish Now · Rainbow Community Development Corp. · Say No to Waste · Shepherd’s Table · Washington Regional Convergence Partnership · Women Who Care Ministries