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Food Security Plan Community Update

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Executive Office Building Auditorium

101 Monroe Street

Rockville, MD 20850

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Please join the Montgomey County Food Council, the Department of Health and Human Services and CountyStat for a "Food Security Plan Community Update" on Friday, June 28th, 2019.

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9:30 - 10:00 am - Reception in the Executive Office Building Lobby

10:00 - 12 pm - Program in the Executive Office Building Auditorium

In the Spring of 2017, County Executive Leggett released the Five Year Food Security Strategic Plan - a roadmap of research, findings, and recommendations to be implemented by County agencies, food assistance providers, nonprofits and multi-service organizations to reduce the number of food insecure people in the County - 63,380 according to the most recent figures.

At this annual Community Update, you'll hear about newly developed initiatives that serve our County's most vulnerable populations, including the Senior Hunger and SNAP Outreach Program and the Screen & Intervene Toolkit, as well as community engagement activities such as our series of listening sessions on the food access barriers for residents with children under 5 and those with mental health disabilities. Our Food Security Community Advisory Board adds our community's voice to the design, development and implementation of Food Security Plan recommendations.

In addition, you'll hear about the Food Council's Food Recovery and Access Working Group (FRAWG), which brings together food assistance providers from across the County to create a community of practice that integrates local and regional efforts into the work of community, nonprofit business and government stakeholders. FRAWG has three Subgroups, dedicated to exploring initiatives such as the creation of a nutrition standard for food assistance providers, the need for and availability of culturally appropriate food in the County, and the importance of screening and referral for food insecurity in health care settings.

Last but not least, this event will include an update from CountyStat on the new datasets, dashboards and layers that have been added to the FoodStat data analysis platform, which will serve as a two-year baseline to assess the impact and reach of food distribution and access in the County, and establish data-driven strategies and investments to foster efficiency and build capacity in underserved areas.

FoodStat, which launched in May 2018, is a publicly accessible, interactive food security data analysis tool that synthesizes more than 80 datasets on food insecurity and its causes in order to identify food access barriers and resources in our communities, determine priority zones of highest unmet need and potential service delivery gaps, and create collaborative, data-driven policies and priorities for investment.

Advocates, residents, community leaders, policymakers and all who have an interest in creating solutions to reduce food insecurity are invited to attend.

For more information, please email Amanda Nesher at anesher@mocofoodcouncil.org.

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