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.

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