Food Council Publishes Food Literacy Assessment

The Montgomery County Food Council is proud to present their Food Literacy Assessment, which was conducted by their Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) to better understand the landscape of existing food literacy resources in Montgomery County, and to identify gaps in resources and barriers to providing and/or accessing services.

The FEdWG researched educational resources in gardening and agriculture, food safety, nutrition, cooking/shopping for/preparing food, and waste avoidance. The FEdWG’s goal is for this assessment to be used to identify food literacy gaps, better allocate resources, strengthen collaboration and resource sharing among providers, and advocate for an increase in and improvement of food education programs in the County.

The Food Literacy Assessment includes data on the resources offered by more than 100 community stakeholders, including, but not limited to, food assistance providers, hospital wellness representatives, faith-based organizations, garden education providers, culinary and nutrition educators. 

This assessment was made possible by the support of funders like the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute for Public Health Innovation through the Trinity Health Transforming Communities Initiative, the Montgomery County Council and the Office of the County Executive, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, the Mead Family Foundation, and other community supporters.

Healthy Montgomery Launches New Video

Healthy Montgomery Transforming Communities Initiative launches new video that highlights innovative health initiative addressing childhood obesity and tobacco-free living in Montgomery County.

Healthy Montgomery Transforming Communities Initiative brings together stakeholders across public, private, and non-profit sectors to improve school wellness, increase community food access, expand safe routes to schools, and promote tobacco-free living in areas of high need including Gaithersburg, Germantown, Long Branch, and Takoma Park.

Video link available here.

Creating Community HUBs – Thriving Germantown

On May 6, 2019, Montgomery County Media came to Captain James E. Daly Elementary school during a community meeting to highlight the work of Thriving Germantown, a community HUB that provides an integrated response to the increasing economic and social disparities found in Germantown, MD.

View the entire piece here.

Community partners help to pack children snack bags for students at Capt. James E. Daly Elementary school in Germantown, MD with Women Who Care Ministries.

Nonprofit Montgomery Funder Dialogue

Earlier this month, Nonprofit Montgomery, in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, hosted the ‘Funders Dialogue on Equity.’ The Roundtable included panelists from The Meyer Foundation, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Greater Washington Community Foundation-Montgomery County, and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.

Left to Right: Julian Haynes, Crystal Townsend, Suzan Jenkins, Elijah Wheeler, and Anna Hargrave. Photo Credit Nonprofit Montgomery.

The Roundtable provided an opportunity for local nonprofits to understand how racial equity is informing the work with local Foundation. For additional information and to follow-up on this Roundtable, visit Nonprofit Montgomery here.

Courts and Domestic Violence

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Court Watch Montgomery, Laurie Duker, in Bethesda Magazine article. Photo Credit to Liz Lynch.

In the March/April edition of Bethesda Magazine, Laurie Duker’s work is highlighted in an article by Steve Roberts. The article shares the work of Court Watch Montgomery, “…a small nonprofit that monitors how county judges deal with domestic violence and recommends improvements in court procedures.”

To read the article, click here.

To view a PDF of the article, click here.

Zip Code Ranking Project 2018

Late in 2018, Montgomery County released their Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed report. According to the Montgomery County press release from November 2018:

“The purpose of this data is to build an equitable response to improving outcomes for all county residents.  We need to improve health and quality of life outcomes for everyone and demonstrate a tracking mechanism that will help us evaluate how our budget, policy and practice are improving outcomes for all residents.  Our goal is to utilize the data to inform our approaches in prevention, promotion, policy, practice, and planning for existing and new health programs that work to meet the public health needs of Montgomery County.” 

Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County Health Officer

To view the report, click here. To view the Montgomery County November 2018 press release, click here.