The Food Council is committed to taking affirmative action toward building a better food system for Montgomery County. The Working Groups are subcommittees within the Food Council that are focused on addressing specific issues. The groups will establish projects, policies, and partnerships and will conduct research, inform and recommend policy change, and develop initiatives that help them meet their specific goals.
Anyone is invited to join the Working Groups, which meet more frequently and independently than the whole Food Council. Public involvement is encouraged. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization/business is interested in getting involved.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Meeting Schedule: 1-2:30pm on the last Friday of every month in Bethesda Goal: Protect and improve the local environmental resources of Montgomery County related to agriculture and food, such as soil, water, and biodiversity, and elevate environmental protection as a priority among MoCo stakeholders. Current projects include: Drafting a survey to gauge farmers' barriers to environmental stewardship and continuing to support composting in the county.
FOOD ACCESS Meeting Schedule: 4-5:30pm on the second Monday of every month in Wheaton Goal: To increase access to locally produced, healthy food among Montgomery County residents, especially communities with limited access. Current project: Conduct Healthy Food Availability Index assessments at food retail establishments serving communities of low food access.
FOOD ECONOMY Meeting Schedule: 7-9pm on the second Tuesday of every other month in Bethesda Goal: To develop and sustain an economically viable local food system in Montgomery County that supports producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers of local foods. Current project: Coordinating a year-long Eat Local Challenge, featuring four seasonal recipe challenges, in partnership with local farmers, restaurants, and markets to connect local producers with local purchasers, promote place branded marketing, and highlight the quality of county products.
FOOD LITERACY Meeting Schedule: 2-4pm on the third Friday of every month alternating between Bethesda and Silver Spring Goal:To improve the eating habits of those who live, work or play in Montgomery County through advocacy and education on healthy food choices, cooking skills, food safety, food marketing, and participating in the local, sustainable food system. Current projects include: Planning the next Food Council Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 19th from 7-9pm on the topic of Children and Nutrition.
FOOD RECOVERY 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.