Leaders Say Donations Are Essential for Montgomery County Food Security Fund

On Saturday, Councilmember Will Jawando announced in Silver Spring the launch of the Montgomery County Food Security Fund. The fund is a partnership between the county and the Greater Washington Community Foundation.

The goal of the fund is to connect more food to more people. The County Council allocated $10.3 million to the fund, but it is dependent on individual donations. Jawando says the goal is for the fund to receive $5,000,000 in individual donations.

Jawando announced the fund has already received $315,000 in donations. Entrepreneurs David and Michel Blair have donated $100,000, Washington Gas has also donated $100,000, and Kingdom Fellowship AME Church in Silver Spring has donated $125,000.

Jawando hopes the fund—which will support restaurants, food banks, and local farmers—will create a more sustainable food security system in Montgomery County.

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