food insecurity

April 29, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Raskin Praises Local Community Food Networks During Congressional Hearing

During a U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee hearing about ending hunger in America Thursday morning, Rep. Jamie Raskin praised several anti-hunger organizations in his 8th Congressional District, including Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington and Takoma Park Middle School Cluster Food Support. His district, which includes Montgomery County, is in the top 25% in […]

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March 22, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Feed the Fridge Program Launches Second Location

A second Feed the Fridge location launched Monday at the Takoma Park Community Center. The Feed the Fridge program aims to decrease food insecurity by providing free meals from high quality restaurants throughout the Washington, D.C. area, according to a press release. Medium Rare restaurant owner Mark Bucher first launched the program in Takoma Park […]

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March 8, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Manna CEO Credits ‘All the Women Who Shaped Me’ on International Women’s Day

Jackie DeCarlo is proud that throughout her almost eight years as Manna’s CEO, “We never had to turn anyone away.” That is saying a lot, because during this past year, requests for food by county residents rose 40%. Prior to the pandemic, Manna served about 3,000 people a month. Now it is 4,000, she said. […]

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February 8, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Feed the Fridge Program Launches in Takoma Park

Medium Rare Restaurant owner Mark Bucher will launch the Feed the Fridge program in Takoma Park starting Monday. The program aims to decrease food insecurity in the Takoma Park area while helping “pandemic-battered restaurants,” according to an announcement by the City of Takoma Park. Each refrigerator provided by the program will be filled with 25 […]

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January 5, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

County Residents Can Now Request Food Assistance Online

Montgomery County residents in need of food assistance resources can now do so online. On Tuesday, the county government launched a Montgomery County Food Assistance online form, which is available in seven languages. A trained specialist will review completed forms and will connect with residents by phone within one business day about their specific food needs. […]

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October 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Food Insecurity Remains Growing Problem in Montgomery County

Nourish Now recently opened its 17th food distribution site in Bethesda, one of the wealthiest cities in America. The distribution site, which is open Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m., is located in the parking lot of Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad on Battery Lane. “Sometimes people think of the Bethesda community as a place […]

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August 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Awards $1.1 Million to Non-Profit Food Providers

Montgomery County awarded $1,126,100 to 28 local food assistance providers to expand their work into hard-to-reach communities during the global pandemic. These grants are designed to support community nonprofit purchases of refrigerators and freezers, shelving and space enhancements, vehicles, forklifts, hand trucks, computers and software, as well as repairs to existing infrastructure. These purchases will […]

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June 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

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 […]

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June 26, 2020 | Mira Varghese

Islamic Center of Maryland Hosting Drive Thru Food Distribution Saturday

The Islamic Center of Maryland (ICM) is hosting a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. for those members of the community in need. Despite the start of Montgomery County’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, many residents continue to struggle with food insecurity. The ICM is collaborating with the county’s Food […]

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June 24, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Montgomery County Council Funds Food, Youth Programs

The Montgomery County Council continues to allocate funds to help those affected by the global pandemic. On June 23, council members set aside $10.3 million for food insecurity and $565,706 for support services for youth in crisis. The $10.3 million will support local food banks, restaurants and farmers through a public-private partnership with the Greater Washington […]

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