AGENDA ITEM 6A
July 12,2016
Action
MEMORANDUM
July 8, 2016
TO:
FROM:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
u.J1\0Aj~
Linda McMillan, Senior Legislative Analyst
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SUBJECT:
Action:
Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to Achieve Food Security
Health and Human Services Committee/Government Operations and Fiscal Policy
Committee recommendation
(6-0): enact Bi1119-16 with amendments to:
• rename the Strategic Plan and the bill title;
• assign the Plan development and annual updates to the County Executive (rather than
the Chieflnnovation Officer);
• require the Executive, in developing the Plan,
to
consult with individuals who have
experience with food insecurity;
• encourage the Executive to consider regional, national, and global efforts to address
food insecurity when developing the Plan; and
• removing a specific food insecurity reduction target.
Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Council Vice President Berliner and Co-Sponsors Councilmembers Leventhal, Rice,
Hucker, Navarro, EIrich, and Katz, Council President Floreen, and Councilmember Riemer, was
introduced on April 19,2016. A public hearing was held on June 14 (see a statement from the
County Executive on ©18-19 and select written correspondence on ©20-55). A joint Health and
Human Services/Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on
June 23.
As introduced, Bill 19-16 would require the Chief Innovation Officer to propose and update a
Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity in Montgomery County. In developing the Strategic Plan,
the CIO would be required to consult with many organizations inside and outside of County
government. The Strategic Plan would include relevant demographic and geographic information
on poverty and food insecurity and would also include a 5-year Plan that strives to reduce food
insecurity by at least 10% each year. A memorandum from the Lead Sponsor begins on ©5.
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Issues/Committee Recommendations
1.
Should Bill
19-16
be renamed?
Manna Food Center (©37) and Shepherd's table (©52)
recommended the Council change the name of Bill
19-16
to "the Food Security Bill". The goal
being to achieve food security for all residents, rather than focusing on food insecurity. Lead
Sponsor Berliner indicated his support for changing the name.
The Committees
The Committees supported the goal behind this recommendation.
recommended (6-0)
changing the name of the bill to "Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to
Achieve Food Security", the Strategic Plan name to correspond to the amended Bill name, and
adding the following: (©3, line 54):
Ull
This Section is known as the Montgomery County Food Security Bill.
2. Who should develop the Strategic Plan?
Bill
19-16
assigns the creation of the Strategic Plan
and annual updates to the ChiefInnovation Officer. The statement on ©
19
notes that the Executive
does not object to the Chief Innovation Officer developing the Strategic Plan, but that once it is
developed, it may be more appropriate to assign implementation of the Plan to the Department of
Health and Human Services. Council staff is comfortable with this and
the Committees
recommended (6-0)
replacing "Chief Innovation Office" with "County Executive" throughout the
bill.
3. Who should the Executive be required to consult with?
As amended, Bill
19-16
would require
the Executive, in developing the Strategic Plan, to consult with a wide variety of stakeholders,
which are listed on ©3, lines 28-43. Manna Food Center and others recommended that the
individuals who have experience with food insecurity be added to the list of stakeholders that the
Executive must consult with (©36).
Council staff notes that the list included in Bill
19-16
are simply the stakeholders that the Executive
must
consult with; the Executive remains free to consult with any additional stakeholders even if
they are not specified in the legislation.
The Committees recommended (6-0):
adding the
following (©3, line 40):
individuals who have experience with food insecurity;
4. How should the Strategic Plan relate to other efforts to endfood insecurity?
Several speakers
at the hearing spoke about how the Strategic Plan would relate to other broader efforts to end
hunger. Manna Food Center, for instance, recommended that the Plan be tied to global and national
efforts to end hunger (©37). Women Who Care Ministries urged thorough research and review of
best practices of other jurisdictions
(©S4).
Maryland Hunger Solutions also underscored this issue
(©39-40).
Committee members concurred that the CIO should be mindful of other efforts - locally,
nationally, and globally - that have been undertaken to address food insecurity and use information
gleaned, as well as best practices in other jurisdictions, in developing the Plan. Therefore,
the
Committees recommended (6-0)
adding language encouraging the Executive to consider
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regional, national, and global efforts to address food insecurity when developing the Plan (@2,
lines 6-8).
5. Should the Strategic Plan have a non-profit "co-owner"?
Manna Food Center (@37),
Crossroads Community Food Network (@26), Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
(@41) and others urge the Council to amend Bill 19-16 to include a non-profit co-owner. Council
staff believes that it is premature to require the Strategic Plan to have a non-profit co-owner. This
is a different question than whether implementation ofthe Strategic Plan should have a lead agency
or lead non-profit partner. Council staff believes that the answer to this question will become
clearer during the Strategic Plan development. This is also a different question, than is addressed
later, about the need for a contractor(s) to assist with Plan development. The Committee did not
recommend (6-0) amending Bill 19-16 to address this issue.
6. How should the Strategic Plan relate to broader anti-poverty efforts?
Manna Food Center
(@37), Crossroads Community Food Network (@26), and others urged the Council to require that
all goals, objectives, and accountability measures relate to and support broader anti-poverty efforts
in the County . Women Who Care Ministries also urged that Bill 19-16 include focus on
understanding why eligible families are not participating in the SNAP program as well as
providing an emphasis on client participation and responsibility (@55).
The bill as drafted calls for inclusion of demographic and geographic information about poverty,
participation in SNAP, WlC, FARMS, and other food programs, as well as access to transportation
and food literacy. While none of these specifically asks for a discussion of the root causes of
poverty, developing this information and discussion the solutions to what is found is most likely
to address as least some of the root causes of poverty that lead to food insecurity. Council staff is
concerned that adding too much language about poverty in general, while important, could cause
the focus to move away from specifically addressing food security and food access. The
Committee did not recommend (6-0) amending Bill 19-16 to address this issue.
7. What should the target food insecurity reduction be?
Bill 19-16 requires the Strategic Plan to
include a 5-year Plan that "strives" to reduce food insecurity by at least 10% each year, or 50%
over the five years ofthe Strategic Plan (see @2, lines 18-23). Several speakers suggested different
targets. The Capital Area Food Bank described this target as ambitious and suggested that a
specific goal should be identified after the Strategic Plan is developed (@21). Shepherd's Table
described this target as "fall[ing] short ofthe vision needed to end food insecurity" and seemed to
suggest a 100% reduction target (@52). In his statement, the County Executive noted his belief
that it is premature to put the specific target in the legislation, though noting his intention that the
Strategic Plan will have measurable goals (@19). After discussion about the pros and cons of
including a target' goal, the Committees ultimately recommended (6-0) removing the 10% target
(@2, line 23).
After discussion of these issues, the Committees recommended approval of Bill 19-16 as
amended.
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This packet contains:
Bill 19-16
Legislative Request Report
Sponsor memorandum
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statements
Select Written Correspondence
County Executive Statement
Montgomery County Board of Education
Capital Area Food Bank - Maryland Regional Team
Community Action Board
Crossroads Community Food Network
Growing Soul
IONA
Interfaith Works
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jews United for Justice
Manna Food Center
Maryland Hunger Solutions
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Montgomery County Food Council
Montgomery County Food Security Collaborative
Nonprofit Montgomery
Nourish Now
Shepherd's Table
Women Who Care Ministries
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Bill No.
19 -16
Conceming: Health and Sanitation ­
Strategic Plan to [[End Food
InsecuriMl Achieve Food Securitv
Revised:
6/24/2016
Draft No.
6
Introduced:
April 19. 2016
Expires:
October 19. 2017
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Vice President Berliner
Co-Sponsors: Councilmembers Leventhal, Rice, Hucker, Navarro, EIrich and Katz,
Council President Floreen, and Councilmember Riemer
AN
ACT to:
(1)
require the [[Chief Innovation Officer]] County Executive to propose and update a
Strategic Plan to [[End Food Insecurity]] Achieve Food Security in Montgomery
County; and
generally amend County laws related to Health and Sanitation.
(2)
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 24, Health and Sanitation
Section 24-8B
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Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No.
19-16
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Sec.
1.
Section 24-SB is added as follows:
24-SB.
Strategic Plan to [[End Food Insecurity]] Achieve Food Security in
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Montgomery County.
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The [[Chief Innovation Officer]] County Executive must develop
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Strategic Plan to [[End Food Insecurity]] Achieve Food Security in
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2016. In developing the Strategic
Plan, the Executive should consider regionaL national. and global
efforts to address food insecurity.
include:
The Strategic Plan must at least
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demographic and
geographic information on poverty
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demographic and geographic information on participation
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food supplement program;
participation in free and reduced meals
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participation in other school based food programs;
demographic estimates regarding food insecurity;
information on the relationship between access to transportation
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information on how food literacy impacts food insecurity; and
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5-year Plan, with recommended actions, that strives to
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must include:
(A) recommendations to reduce food insecurity for seniors and
children in the first year ofthe Plan; and
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cost estimates to implement the Plan.
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BILL No. 19-16
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developing the Strategic Plan, the [[Chief Innovation Officer]]
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the County Department of Health and Human Services;
the County Department of Transportation;
the County Office ofAgriculture;
the Regional Service Center Directors;
Montgomery County Public Schools;
the County Planning Department;
[[The]] the Office of Community Partnerships;
[[The]] the Montgomery County Food Council
Manna Food Center;
[[The]] the Capital Area Food Bank;
individuals who have experience with food insecurity:
organizations that are geographically located throughout that
County that provide emergency or sustained food assistance; and
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organizations that are geographically located throughout
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update the information required in Section 24-8B(a);
include activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives to
implement the Strategic Plan;
include cost estimates for the following fiscal year necessary to
implement the Strategic Plan.
This Section is known as the Food Security BilL
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 19-16
Health and Sanitation
-
Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 19-16 would require the Chief Innovation Officer to propose and
update a Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
in
Montgomery
County.
The County has an array of programming to address food insecurity,
administered by various government departments and nonprofit
organizations, but there is no strategic plan for our county to follow
as we seek to address and ultimately eliminate food insecurity in the
County.
To develop a strategic plan to reduce and eliminate food insecurity in
the County.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
Chief Innovative Officer
FISCAL IMPACT:
To be requested
ECONOMIC
IMP
ACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
To be requested
To be researched.
To be researched.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7815
APPLICATION
N/A
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COLINCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
ROGER BERLINER
COUNCILMEMBER
DISTRICT
1
CHAIRMAN
TRANSPORTATION,INFRASTRUCTURE
ENERGY
&
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
MEMORANDUM
April 14, 2016
TO:
Council President Nancy Floreen
Council Colleagues
FROM: Council Vice President Roger Berliner
Councilmember George Leventhal
Councilmember Craig Rice
RE:
Legislation to Create A Strategic Plan to Address Food Insecurity
Colleagues, we are writing to ask you to join us in co-sponsoring legislation that we plan on introducing
next week. The goal of the bill is straight forward and one that we are confident all of us have a strong interest
in achieving. Currently, 77,780 individuals in our county are food insecure, meaning that at any given point in
time, they do not know where their next meal will come from. In a county as wealthy as ours, that is simply
unacceptable.
Several months ago, in preparation for our FYI7 operating budget deliberations, Council Vice President
Berliner asked our Office of Management and Budget to put together an inventory showing all of the programs
that receive government funding to address food insecurity in the county. The results ofthat inventory are
attached.
What the inventory makes abundantly clear is that while our county has an array of programming to
address food insecurity, administered by various government departments and nonprofit organizations, what we
are lacking to the detriment ofthose 77,780 individuals - is a strategic plan for our county to follow as we
seek to address and ultimately eliminate food insecurity in our county.
Our County needs a plan, a plan we own. We believe that plan should, at a minimum, strive to reduce
food insecurity by at least 10% a year. We will need data. And we will need our community partners to work
together. That is why we are introducing this legislation, which would mandate the creation of a strategic plan
for addressing food insecurity.
The plan will be developed by the Montgomery County Food Council and other key community
stakeholders. As you are probably aware, the Food Council has already devoted significant time and resources
to studying food insecurity in the county. Their participation, as well as the input from other public and private
organizations listed in the bill, will ensure that the plan has the level of depth and analysis we need as
policymakers to address the complexities surrounding food insecurity.
STELLA B. WERNER OFFICE BUILDING' 100 MARYLAND AVENUE, 6
TH
FLooR/ ROCKVILLE, MARYlAND 20850
240-777-7828
OR
240-777-7900/ TTY 240-777-7914, FAX 240-777-7989
WWW.MONTGOMERYOOUNTYMD.GOV
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To make this plan a reality, we will
be
requesting as part of our FYI7 operating budget deliberations
that the Council appropriate $75,000 to the Chief Innovation Officer to develop the plan. Food has become a
significant aspect of the Chief Innovation Officer's responsibility, including spearheading the study on food
hubs, working on kitchen incubators, and serving as co-chair ofthe Food Council itself.
We would be grateful for your co-sponsorship on this legislation, which we believe is long overdue and
would greatly assist in consolidating the existing efforts in our county to address the critical issue offood
insecurity. Thank you for your consideration.
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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENTAND BUDGET
Leggett
County Etecutive
I~iah
Jennifer
A.
Hughes
Director
MEMORANDUM
January 21, 2016
TO:
Roger Berliner,
Vice President. County
Council
Jennifer A. Hu
ector, Office of Management and Budget
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Request for Inventory ofHunger ReliefPrograms and Initiatives in Montgomery County
In
te.~ponse
to
your
request for
an inventory ofhunger
relief
programs
and
initiatives
in
Montgomery County,
I
have attached a list of programs and initiatives supported
by
our County through
department budgets. the Executive and Council Grants process, County contracts
with
community
organizations, Federal and State funded programs that serve County residents, and programs administered
by Montgomery County Public Schools (McPS) that seek to reduce
hllUger.
The Office of Management
and
Budget
has identified 13 programs in FY16 within tbe Departmeut
of
Health and
Human
Services
with
It
hunger component totating $6.2 million in County, State and Federal support.
In
FY 16, Executlve
and Council grnnts provided $645,330
in
gerieralfunds supporting 23 grants
to
15 non-profit
organizations to address hunger. MCPS reports FY 15 Federal reimbursement supporting
the
Free and
Reduced Priced Meals Program totaling $30.5 million, and FY15 State funding for the Maryland Meals
for:
Achi¢vement Program totaling $16$,850.
In addition, under separate cover, please find correspondence from the Montgomery
County Food Counoil detailing their effOristo identify funding trends and areas of interest for private
flluders in.
~he
region.
1 hope
you
find this information useful. We look forward
to
working with the Health and
Bunum
Services Committee and the
COl.lllty
CowlcH
during
FYI
7 budget discussions to ensure that our
scarce taxpayer resources continue to be used. as efficiently and effectively as po$sible to
fight
hunger in
our
contmunity.
JAH:rs
cc: Tim L.
Fire.'tine.
Chief
Administrative Officer
CouncilPre.sidet1t Nancy Floreen
Councilmemoor George Leventhal
Councilmember Craig Rice
Utlia S, Ahluwalia, Director, Dep$1ruent of Health and Human Service$
Larry
Bowers, Interim Superintendent, Montgomery County Public
S~hools
Daniel Hoffman, Co-Chair, Montgomery County Food Coutlcil
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ofthe
Director
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IW Wilkins Ave. Women'.s
A.~sessment
Cenle:r
SNH
Yes
Ye~
.
not ,hatge·us for food.
MCCH Men's.Emergency
Contract.
Mt. <:alvary Bap1lst Church
Helping
Hands
SNH
SNH
SNH
SNH
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
and HQrne(e,ss
not
COver
food.
Staffing only.
SNH
ADS
Most
service
delivered
by
MOst servlte
Senior NutrItion Program
ADS
deilvered
by
CQfltfil(:t
Older AmerlCi\nS
Act
III, State Grarit,
and
:>1,1l'VI,4U:iIFederal Oept.
of
Agriculture
Nutrition
Services
Incentive
Program[NSIPIl
contract
prOVides
a
food
coordinator
forihe
County's Food Recovery
Recovery
Programl
ManAri
Food (".enter, Inc
I
PHS·
Yes
@
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FY16
Council Approved
FoOd Grants
Organization
Bethesda Help
Desc:ription .
Provides for the Emergency Food
Program
Provides emergency assistance for
eyiction prevention, utilities,
prescriptions. and referrals for
dentaJ/vision
.
services and clothing/food
. .
.
Total
Grant Type
$2,000
CEGrant
Community Ministries of
RockviHe
$23,00f) CC Grant:
Provides for a farmers market nutrition
Crossroads Community
~
ood incentive
program
and complementary
Network
Inc.
. healthy eating education program
To deliver monthly aUotment of
perishable and
non~perishable
food to
senior
citizens and individuals with
EduCare Support Services, Inc disabilities (Housebound Clients}.
First African Methodist
Episcopal Church of
Provides for the SHARE food program for
low-income
families
Gaithersburg. Inc.
Provide the basic needs of food, diapers,
and formula for low-income residents in
Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village.
Provides for
food,
diapers> and fOrmula
for low-income residents in
GaithersburgIMontgomety Village
Provides for
support
to local farmers to
introduce fresh
10ca11y
grown
produce
into the food safety net system
Provides money to local farmers and
introduces fresh loea
uy
grown produce
into the food saktynet system
Provides support
to
purchase food to
be
Provides for bringing
toealfy
grown
produce to County residents
experiencing hunger and to recover
produce from local farmers markets
Provides for the
Smart
Sacks program for
elementary school students
$6()~920
CCGrant
$40,000
CE Grant
$6,410
CEGrant
Gaithersburg HElP, fnc.
$25,000
CE Grant
Gaithersburg HELP, Inc.
$5,000
CCGrant
growingSOUL Inc.
$9,750 ((Grant
growingSOuL, Inc.
$20,000 CEGrant
$30,000 CCGrant
Kids
In
NcedDistrihutors.
Inc.
distributed to children
Manna Food Center,lhc.
$20,000
CE Grant
Manna Food (enter, Inc.
$32,500
CE Grant
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healthy foods for weekend
to
at least 2,440
elemen~
school
students experiencing hunger and food
' .....aiuua
Food Center, Inc.
$17
Grant
Food Center.
Inc.
Montgomery County Gleaning Network,
provides emergency fo,od reliefby
harvestil1g fresh fruits and vegetables
distributing to needy County
Mid-Atlantic
Glea
Program assists all
need
help in
Montgomery Co\.Jnty irrespective of
religion, ethnic
back
ground
or
oatio
Provides
for
operating support for the
food
....."'..
".,,.'1"\1
$1
wno
ONTGOMERY
COUNTY
USLIM FOUNDATION, Inc
urish Now
Foundation Inc.
l
Inc.
Camillus Catholic Church
Community
Foundation
Montgomery County,sn
iate of the
Community
Foundation
for
the
National
Contract salary for Coordinator to
support
and
expand the Food Council
activities infostering a healthy and
inable food system.
.Grant
$25
Grant
\J\Jl'1,rnt:,n
Who
care Ministries
$
Grant
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FV1S MCPS Division of Food
and
Nutrition services Revenue'
~~"7"~::::::;::~~
Month
Breakfast
Breakfast
5,833,147
932,2.02.
0
ISevere Need
1,079,331
212,661
0
MMFA
(state)
Lunch
After School
Snacks
erSchool
0
17
r300~92.2
2,794~85
165,850
174,105
23
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967,798
0
0
Summer
Total
0
165.850.
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MONTGOlvffiRYCOUNTY
FOOD COUNCIL
January
4,2016
Ms.. Rachel SHberman
Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget
101
Monroe
Street, 14th
Floor
Rockville. MD 20850
Dear Ms. Silberman,
Thank
you
for
your response to County Ctnmcilmember Roger
Ber1iner~s
November 2015
letter
requesting the countygovemment's Msistance in creating a comprehensive list ofMontgomery County
hunger relief programs
and
initiatives. The MontgOmery County Food Council echoes the
Councilmember~s
assertion that this assessment is essential
in
order to
develop
a better understanding
of
current efforts, identify existing gaps and overlaps,
and
maximize
the
impact of the funding invested
in
food system work. A list ofthe initiatives receiving direct county funding 'would be
an
incomple.te
picture
of
the breadth and depth
of'
food syStem work conducted
in
our County, and
SQ
the.Food Council
will assist
as
much as possible within the given timeframe
to
identify
funding
trends
and
areas of interest
for private fundets
in
the region.
In
the near
tenn
it
would be difficult to provide detailed data on
specific private funding and
programs.
but this is
something
we can look into
in
the future.
Fortbe
time
being We
hope
to provide some private sector context to the
data
you are gathering on County funding,
One ofthe gteatest challenges of a decentralized funding system for hunger and other food system
programs iSthc difficulty in creating a single strategic vision for the
County.
n
is also very
labor
intensive to provide a complete picture of existing initiatives. As an
,independent non-profit'lYiththe
mission of
c()tmecting
the
wide
range ofstakeholders in the entire Montgomery County
f'oodsystem.
the
Food Council maintains a unique position
in
the County. The Food Council has the most
comprehensive understanding ofthe full food cycle
in
Montgomery County
from
table crop farmers to
craft food produce.rs, to restaurants and retail, and most importantly, to residentfood consumcr$. The
Food Council has over 100 Council
and
Working
Group
members, volunteers representing private
foundations. nOfr-profits, State and Federal government, and local businesses. These partners can help us
gather jnfQrmaHon
that
may
not be captured
in
Connty government records.
In
addition~
we
feel
it
is
important to
consider
food system
work
as a whole
1
including not only hunger relief effortS but also
agricultural
programs
and
services, as well as economic and workforce development initiatives.
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In
2016, the FoodCounci1 will undertake the significant task ofcreating a Food Charter for
Mont~mery
County, conducting
a
thorough
assessment
of
the cwrent state of food system work and
establishing a long..
tenn
strategy for addressing c
4
isting issues
and.
gaps
in
effort. However, below are
some resources and information
that
should be ofvalue in your immedIate effort.
• We are aware of over 90 organizations providing emergency food services in our area, many of
which
are sIlltllI.
community·based organizations that likely
do
not receive Comty fimding,
• Some examples of
recent food system
projects
receiving funding
from
non·govern.mentsources:
o
Our
Food
Access Working
Group
received a project support grantirt
201.5
from
Kaiser
Permanente to
conduct
a Community Food ACCess a$sessment and Healthy Food
Availability
Index.
study.
o The Community Food Rescue project received private fundIng to customize the online
platfonn for their
food
recovery system to better meet the
specific needs
ofMontgomery
County.
o
Compass,
a
Washington. D.C.· based organization that provides pro bono business
consulting to non-profits. donated $130,000 in-kind hoUJ;s
to help compat
the hunger
problem in Montgomery County.
• The Abell Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, Mead Family Foundation, TO Charitable
Foundation, and WotpoffFamily Foundation,
among
others\ all contribute over $25,000 annually
to food system efforts
in
Montgomery County.
• The largest
food
security
otgsnil.ation
in Montgomery County, Manna Food Center, receives its
funding from a divel."Sity ofsoutees. with the majority coming from individuals and workplace
campaigns (51
%)~
private foundations (13%), and corporate donors (5%). Smaller organizations
likely
receive
funding from fewer sources, however.
• The Johns. Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (JHCLF) works
with
stu.dents, educators,
researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations, and communities to build a healthier, more
equitable, .and resilient food system. mCLF is actively connectec1to the Food Council,
suppOrting our Food
Access
Working Group efforts
and
the development
of
our policy
campaign. Their mapping projectprovides valuable Montgomery Cmmty-specific information
including farms, processors, distnDutors, retail outlets, and
p~hasing
institutions:
http://~'VI.lhsph.edu!reseatcbJcen:ters-and-institutesfjohns-hopkirts-center-fQr-a:-livable­
futursi.ipd~x.htmJ.
• Washington Regional Food Funders was established to develop a deeper understanding
of
how
philanthropic investments
in
healthy. affordable food are made in the Greater Washington
Region.bttps:/!\vww.washingtongrantmakers.otglfooo-svstemS.
• The
Wallace
Center is part of the Entl:tprise and AgricultLire Group ofWinrock International and
supports communities in
developing
a:
modem
food
system that
is
healthier
forpeople.
the
environment, and the economy. A representative ofthls organization
will
join our Food
Economy Working Group's efforts
to
explore the feasibility ofa food
hub
in Montgomery
County. http://www.waHacecenter.orgl
.
• The Farming at the Metro's Edge Report sumtnarizes the perspectives ofa vari.etyof
Montgomery County stakeholders on the
current
stateoflocal agriculture and the obstacles and
opportUnities
that
exist for sustainable agricultural
productivity:
httn:[!Y:f;Y{Yi.montgomervcountymd.gov/agservices/resourcesifilesffumefinalreport.pdf
We will continue to research this topic and share infonnation as it comes available. Montgomery County
is uniqueJy positioned to
be
a regional and national leader in alleviating hunger
and
creating a truly
sustainable local food system.
By
reducing redundancies and maximizing collaboration across funding
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sources, we can move forward with a more efficient, strategic plan
to
address these environmental,
nutritional, social, and economic issues affecting our residents. If the Food Council can assist you
further
in
any way, please let us know. We would welcome a conversation around creilting a more
comprehensive.
strategic vision
for food
system
funding in
the
County. Our
beliefis
that
the Cl.lITent
mechanisms are too fragmented, making requests, such as Councilmember Berliner'S request, difficult
to respond
to
without great effort
Thank:
you :for your ongoing support and commitment
to
this shared goal. We
look:
forward to
continuing
to
work together in 2016.
Best
Regar$,
;;fi(ili
c
,,',<
f
Heather Bruskin, Food Council Manager
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.Fisca1lmpact Statement
Council Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
1. Legislative Summary
Bill 19-16 wouldl'(;,'quire the ChiefJnnovation Officer to propose and update a Strategic Plan to
End Food Insecurity in Montgomery County and target a 10% reduction each year. The bill just
establishes the creation ofthe plan and annual updates,
it
does not cover implementation or
associated costs of the plan.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless ofwhether the revenues
or expenditures are assumed
ill
the recommended or approved budget. Includes source of
information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
The
legislation docs
not
affect
County revenues.
The
Chief
Innovation Officer
anticipates
requiring approximately 305 hours of staff time! to develop the
strategic
plan. At an
averagc
hourly
cost
of $76.05, deVelopment ofthe strategic plan would cost $24,794 in staff time to
produce. An additional $75,000 would be required fur contracted consultant services.
The.
Department estimates that
these services
would be required only in the fIrst year of development
of
the
strategic
plan and
will
not incur
any
additional ongoing costs.
3. Revenue and expenditure
estimates
covering
at least the next 6 fiscal
years.
In the
first
year
of development of the strategic pIau, the Office of County Executive
would
require $24,794 in stafftiolC cost in addition to $75,000 in contracted consultant services. There
arc no ongoing costo;; beyond the first year.
4. An actuarial
analysis
through the
entire amort17..at1on
period for each bill that would affect retiree
pension
or
group
insurance
costs.
Not
applicable.
S. An
estimate
ofexpenditures related to County's information
technology
(IT) systems,
including
Enterprise
Resou[cePlanning (ERP) systems.
None anticipated.
6.
Later actions
that
may affect future
revenue
and expenditures ifthe bill authorizes future
spending.
The hill does not authorize any spending. The bil1 only establishes the creation of a plan and does
not authorize or
mandate fuiure funding.
7,
An estimate ofthe staff time needed to implement the bill.
Welch, Environmental Health and Regulatory Services, HHS; Barhara Audrews,
Earty
Childhood
Services, HHS; Clark Bei!, Environmental Health and Regulatory
Services,
HHS; Mark l-lodge, Chief, Public
Health, HHS; Betty Lam, Chief, Office of
Community Affairs, HHS;
Monica Martin,
Linkages
to
Learning.
HHS:
Sharon Strauss, Commllnity ActiQJl Agency, HHS; Daniel Hoffman, ChiefInnovation Officer, CEX
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Kenneth
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See #2 above.
8. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other duties.
The project-based environment in the Innovation program means there is a continu.al rotation of
new projects. This would simply be a new project with contractor/consultant support.
9.
An estimate ofcosts when
an
additional appropriation
is
needed.
Implementation of the plan's recommendations will require an appropriation of funds. The
legislation requires that the strategic plan include a cost estimate
to
implement its
recommendations.
10. A
description
of
any variable that could affect revenue
and
cost estimates.
None
anticipated.
11. Ranges
of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to pre>.iect.
None expected.
12. If a bin is likely to have
110
fiscal impact, why that is the case.
The bill only requires the creation of a plan and an annual update. Implementation of
the
plan is
suq,ject to the appropriation offunds. For this reason, the only fiscal impact of this biII is
contractor support to assist jn the creation of a plan.
J
3~
Other fiscal impacts or comments.
None.
14. The
foilowing contributed
to and
concurred
with
this analysis:
Dan
Hoffman,
Office of the County Executive
Patricia Stromberg. Health and Human Services
Jane
Mukira, Office ofManagement and Budget
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to End
}l~ood
Insecurity
Background:
This legislation would require the Chief Innovation OUker to propose and update a
Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity in Montgomery County.
The purpose of Bill 19-16 is to
deve10p
a strategic
plan
to reduce fbod insecUlity
by
at
least
ten percent (10%) per
year.
As defined
by
the County Council Vice President to
the
County Council dated
April
14,
2016,
food insecurity
in
Montgomery County is that
"at
any
given
point in
time,
77,780
individuals
do
not know where
their
next
meal
win
come
from."
1. The sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
'I11ere
are
no sources
ofinfonnation,
assumptions,
and
methodologies used in
the
preparation
of the economic impact
statement
The purpose of Bill 19-16
would
require the
development of a strategic plan to address food insecurity with the
goal
of
the
plan to
reduce
such insecurity
by
at least tcn percent per
year.
2. A description
of any variable
that
could affect the
economic
impact estimates.
The
legislation
win
not directly affect economic
impad estimates. However,
the
goal
of
(he
plan
is
to reduce
food insecurity
to
approximately
78,000 COlli1ty residents.
3. The Bill's positive or negative effect, if any on employment, spending, savings,
investmcnt~
inc{Jmes, and
property
values in the
County.
Bill 19-16
will
not
have
a
direct positive
or
negative
effect
OIl
employment,
spending,
savings, investment, incomes,
~Uld
property values in the County. The result of
implementing
a
strategic plan would in the short-
and
long-run to reduce
food
insecurity. The economic effect
of
the
strategic
plan
will
be
detemtined by the
spccitic actions
taken
to
implement
the plan.
4.
If
a Bill is likely to have no economic impact,
why
is that the case'!
Bill 19-16
will
not have a direct economic
impact
Please see paragraph #3.
5. The following contributed to or concurred with this analysis: David Platt, Mary
Casciotti,
and Robert Hagedoorn, Finance.
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STATBMENT ON BEHALF OF THE
GOtlNTYEXECU'IfVl3aEGARDlNO
BILL
19-16~
.
'.
. STRATEGIC PLANTOENP FOODINSECURlTY ....
.
June
14,.2016
Thank. YQl,J fot the opportunity
to
provide written testimony regarding Bill. 19·16,; StmtegicPlan
to
End Food Insecurity.
No
resident
of
MontgotnetY
CotU1tymoult:i·livewith
the
fear
Ofllot
knowingJroIIl
wl1ete
their
next
meal
\ViII
come.
This
has,
been
a commitmeni
o.fCounty
.
.Executive Leggett'-s adtninistratipn and,
tothat~ llel1~
\V.orltedcoIlaPoratively
with
a Wide
vanety·ofstakeholderstp
create
fJ.
m:rririgsafety netio
Montgomery
CO.Uhty.
Tbese
efforts
have
shown
positive tesUlt8;butthere has been continual
~tl1Un()~thl~
systema.s
dell10graphics
inthe
Couttty
have changed. As such,
Mr,LegSet:t; supports
a,
comprehensive;
strategic
plan
to
end
fOOd
fusecurity
in Montgomery
COUnty
and is pleased
t'O
share
the·
experience~eXpert.ise()fi:Jq:r
team
inworkingto~
thlsgOtU.
.
Foodinseeurity
is
mote tb.anjust
alack
ofaccessto.heal1l1y;aifordable
food..
It
is
"~.
sytnptom.Qf·
deeper
Systemic
is~includil:lg
povCliY, lack .ofeooilomic opportunity and
educati~na1
gaps,
that
layer
together
creating
substantial barriers rortheapproximaw.ly 80,000
C()~ty
l'esidents
wbodon.ot.know
wiwreth~neJlO1ea1
willCQtne from/•.
Th~crisesare.-onlysolved
telllporarilyby
emergency
food assistance.
$0
we have worked
iOP!eatea..(ood,~st:e,m
that.
respects
the
need fur a.
broad
speetlumofstakehQ1detsto
Pat'tioipateinaddresshlgthese
root
causes..
Poraboutthep~fiveyears,Bx('lCutive
staffbas
worked
closely
with
the
MontgomeryCoumy
Food Council, serviceprovroers.such as
Manna
Food Center,
and
many
of
the
org8riizations~d
individuals
Who
willtestifyregarding:this bill.Wear¢ Proud9foutaecomplishtnents
together,
.Ex~uthrestaft'bave
served
oritheFood.Col.lIlCll.sinceits inceptionanclworked to
advance
~ts
comptehensivefood systemapprqach.The
Department
ofHeBjthand
Hurnan
servi.ces~·
working
with.
abrQ~·l1etwork
of
provi4ers~
bas sUcce5sfUllYim.pletnented
Conunu.ti.fu'
FllodR.escue.
Wbithdeveloped from'an idea
and
a County(;(,uncll ·working.gri>up
intO
a
pro~thattoday
rescues
tons
offood~Wouldotherwisegoto
waste:andgetS:lt mtothehandsofpeople
who
rieediL
R~entlytb.e()tP.ce()fManagementand
Budget,
at the
requestatCouncilmemberBerliner~
.
conducted.anlnventoty
ofHungerR.eli~fPrograzns
and
.Initiatives·in
J\,{ontgOItietyCounty.··lt
concluded
that
in
FY16
file
Countyspentover$6m.
on programs
with
ahungercomponC)nt
Montgomery
COunty
PublicScho(jl$~jv«iQver
$30min'federal8Ild
liUld$
forschool~
based
nutrition
programs.
These resources
n::presentasignmcant
investment
in
ending
hunger
and-we'welcome
any·effort·that
could help
maketru:seinvestments
more-:ef(ectiveand·efficient.
state
To
do this, we enco\lrtige
an.
action
pIan
that
is
comptehensi\fe. innatul'e$anddoesnot
lust
provide a narrow focus ou
distributionoremerg~cyfo04assistance.Asno~himger
is· a
symptom
of
a.
much
nlQre
complexchalleQ.ge.'Thetefote,we appreciatefhedntent
oftlUs
bill
tQ
engage'
a
broad
specttum ofstakeholders..
By
incorporating multiple pillars
ofthe fooo system,
we QlBet1Sure
t:ha.t
we
.end' hunger
by
tapping
ll;ttothe
d~
fooo system.
resources
at
our disposal.
OUr
agrioUltura1.comniuDity~out·philantbropic
and
nonprofit
providers,
and
the
private~tor
1
Feeding America's
Map
the
Meal
Gap
~tti<ly
of
2014.
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can work
togeth~
to
cr~afoodsystem
that
views foodasopportunlty and a patb
to
\
eIIlllOwermcnt,
With these thoughts
mmiIldtC<)llntyBxeeutiv~ Leggettoffersth~
follQwlngQOtlStrUctive
cort,unents on
$pecllicelements
ofthc:bill:
- The ChieflnnovatloilOflicet
a1ld
theDe:partmentofHeaItha;nd
1I\ltna.U~ces
have
wotked.cOllabor~tively
togetber
for
years on multiple
food;.related
projects;.intlu:di.r$·.
ComrnunityFood
ResCQe~
Thus,
·weha"~rioopj~tt~P:·tQthe In.r19va~on
Pro,graIn.
working across the relevant departments
to
create this plan.
Once
cotllplete,it,may be
more appropriate
to
tnmsfe~hnPleuierttation
of
t;heplan
to
IIea1tbandHunum
SeMces.
-Creation
of'theplan
in
FY17
will
requiteadditional~urces~ A.snotedm.~fisCal·
ifupactstatetn,ent)this would baveanimpayt
onstafftirne.However we
do
feel
it
could
be.
accomplished
with
the additional
ftulds
requested
in
the memo byCouncilmember
. Berlliitt.
-
Although fheerui
goal
offueplanis
to
e.nd.fo(>din~urlty.
We
do see
this
as an
OPp~)1tllnity
f.ora
broaderlook.atthe
food
system.
Th~forej
we suppodthe work
Qf
tfu,
Food
Council
toalignthe:pl81)o1Jtlin~
in
Bill19-1pwithitsoomprehensiveFoOdAction
;PI~.Giventhe
WQfkthe
Food Council has performedtp
study
fooc1.acc~futhe
county•.
t"l:l#yare·.t;l.logicalpartn~
in
he1pitlg.conv~.
the
broader
food.system.oommunity~
• ThebiUsiates
that
theplim.should"strlve
to
r~uCe
hlll)Fbyatleast
lOO/O~hyear;"
Altholighthe
C01pltyExecutiveisa
strong.
proponent
ofperfurmancclnea$ures8Ild,if ;
this·
bill
isenacted,.·wewiU create a
piaI'l·umeasUl'eable
goaIs,hebelievesit isptemature
t9put thislangwigein the
leiislation
until
we
catl.adequately
defmeO\1tcriteria
for
success.
~
yauror
the:
opportunity to provide.this testimony·
and
we look
fo~c:ltQ
C(.mtinueO.
discussion
I:I,tld
colla.boration'on
this
issue..
.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
850 Hungerford Drive + Room 123 + Rockville, Maryland 20850
June 6, 2016
The Honorable Roger Berliner, Councilmember
Montgomery County Council
Stella B. Werner Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue, 6th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Dear Mr. Berliner:
l/:.
Nall•••1 QljOUly _,d
alCOlm
Baldrige
2110
Award
Redple'"
On behalf of my colleagues at the Montgomery County Board of Education, I am writing in strong
support of Montgomery County Council Bill 19-16,
Health and Sanitalion--Strategic Plan to End
Food
Insecurity.
This bill would require the chief innovation officer to propose and update a strategic plan to end food
insecurity in Montgomery County. Food insecurity is a significant problem for many school-age
children in Montgomery County. There are approximately 54,542 students who qualify for Free and
Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services in our school system; in the 20
t
5-2016 school year,
35 percent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students received FARMS support.
with 83 percent of those students eligible for
free
meals. For some children. weekends and vacation
periods mean that meals may
be
missed or the amount of food their families can provide is not
sufficient for their needs.
The Board of Education and MCPS have worked closely with the County Council to help alleviate
food insecurity in the County; most recently, expanding the Weekend Food
BagslSmartsacks
program.
As such, the Board welcomes any future partnerships with the County Council and supports any further
work towards identifying children and efficiently delivering and distributing food.
Thank you for your leadership on this issue. Should you require any further information, please do not
hesitate to contact me.
Michael
A.
Durso
MAD:lsh
Copy to:
Members of the Montgomery County Council
Members of the Board ofEducation
Mr. Bowers
Dr. Zuckerman
Mr.Ikheloa
Phone 301-279-3617 + Fax 301-279-3860 + boe@mcpsmd.org +www.montgomeryschoolsmc:\,org
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Maryland Regional Team
Capital Area Food Bank
4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017
June 14th, 2016
Montgomery County Council
Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue,
~
Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Dear Council President Floreen and members of the Montgomery County Council,
My name is Dario Muralles and I am the Director ofthe Maryland Regional Team at the Capital
Area Food Bank. As the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve
hunger, the Capital Area Food Bank reaches 540,000 people each year with good, healthy food.
That is why I'd like to take the opportunity today to express the CAFB's strong support for Bill
19-16, Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity sponsored by Councilmember Berliner and co­
sponsored by Councilmember Leventhal.
In
Montgomery County, over 77,000 residents struggle to get the food they need. That's 8% of
the county's population.
In
fiscal year 2015, the CAFB delivered 4.6 million pounds of fruits,
vegetables, and groceries that were distributed throughout Montgomery County through Food .
Assistance Partners like Manna Food Center, Nations United Baptist Church, and EduCare. We
also distribute directly to clients in areas of high need; one example is our Family Market
Program, a school-based monthly pop-up market at locations like Kennedy
&
Watkins High
school. Through the council's generosity we have implemented this program at 4 school clusters
and have reached over 2,500 families with over 180,000 pounds of food as of January 2016.
The CAFB supports Bill 19-16 because it would create a framework for all hunger-relief
organizations in the county to follow and support. The bill would call for the creation ofa 5 year
plan that would include relevant demographic and geographic information on poverty and food
insecurity with the goal of reducing the food insecurity level by 10% each year. This is ambitious
and our suggestion would be to set a target goal
after
the plan is developed. Three years ago, the
CAFB created a Hunger Heat Map, which allowed us to align our efforts in reaching seniors with
Manna, to fill gaps in the hunger safety net, and avoid duplication of services. The lessons from
our on-the-ground experience and data from the Hunger Heat Map have demonstrated a
tremendous need for cooperation from the business, govemment, and non-profit sectors to not
only reduce the food insecurity rate but also increase the quality of food distributed to
communities suffering from diet-related illnesses. The Hunger Heat Map also reinforced for
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everyone at the CAFB that hunger is
here
and it exists
in
every community, but we also know
that together we can solve hunger.
In
conclusion, I'd like to thank the council for the opportunity to testify
in
support ofBill 19-16
and request a favorable vote.
Thank
you,
1)4IUtJ~
Dario Muralles
Director, Maryland Regional Team
Capital Area Food Bank:
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COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD
May 10,2016
Montgomery
COUllty
Conncil
Coullcil Office Building
100 Malyhmd Avenue, 5th
Floor
RockviJIo.
Maryland 20850
Dear Couucilmembers:
I am wriling to you
on behalf
of
the
Comnmnity
Action Board
(CAB) to
express
the Board's support for
Council Bill 19-16 _. Sirategic Plan to End Food Insecurity.
.
.
Food and
nutrition
programs are an
ongoillg
priority for our
Board.
CAB advocates
for
policics that will
help low-income residents
move
towards self-sufficiency, Tho extremely high cost oiliving in
Montgomery County contributes
(0
the large number ofresidenls, 17,780, who arc foodinsectlre.' Om
Board beHeves that a strategic plan willllclp to coordinate services for (hese residents and, as the goal of
(his
BjIJ
states, reduce food
insecurity by
at least .10% each
year.
We would also like to state onf strong support for BiIl19-16's focus on senior hunger. According
(0
the
Maryland Department ofLegislative Services. approximately 11.1 S% ofCouuty seniors (
I.tlil
residents)
are potentially cligibJe for SNAP benefits,i! The County's Strategic Plan
elln
help to address tbe needs
of
these seniors find cnslIre tbat no seniors are left hungry in our community.
.
Included with tbis letter.
III
ease find a brief
sUlnnlluy
ofthe Community Action Agency's work
to
address
food
illsecUI"ity
thl"Ougb its
pat1ners
and direct
sen,ices.
Community Action stands ready to suppor( the Conncil and the ChiefInnovatioll Officer in developing
the Strategic Plan. We support the
COllJlOil'S
efforls to redtlc6 food
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The Montgomery County Community Action Agency (CAA) addresses food insecurity in
Montgomery County through direct services, outreach and through its partner organizations.
The Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center
Since the early
70's)
CANs
TESS Center has served the Long Branch community and waves of
new immigrants with access to food and other resources. TESS serves as a Neighborhood
Opportunity Network (NON) site, reaching even furthel' into the community to connect residents
with critical resources. TESS staffassist customers in completing applications for SNAP. WIC
and other public benefits. TESS also connects its customers with food from local food programs,
such as food pantries, SHARE bulk purchasing, and increases resources through participating in
holiday giving programs.
Summer Meals Program
The TESS Center has served as a Summer Meals distribution site for two years. The Center
conaborates with Montgomery County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services to organize
the summer meals distribution and comply with aJl requirements.
In
2015.
the TESS Center
sel'ved 1,355 nutritious lunches meals to children throughout the summer.
Outreach
Community Action's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program partners with Maryland
Hunger Solutions to provide outreach to tax clients regarding food and nutrition programs.
VITA serves low-to-moderate income residents, many of whom struggle with food insecurity.
Volunteer l'esource navigators meet with clients at VITA sites and provide information and pre­
screening for SNAP and other food and nutrition programs. This year, the program plans to
expand by providing additional outreach throughout the year with a focus on senior hunger.
Pa11ners
The Community Action Agency has worked with two major food partners for over nine years:
Manna Food Center and Women Who Care Ministries, monitoring contacts with and providing
technical support to these organizations. Manna offers a wide variety ofservices, including food
distribution, fresh produce programs, a weekend food program for MCPS students, food rescue,
community discussions about food and nutrition, and nutritional classes. Women Who Care
Ministries manages the Helping Kids Eat Backpack weekend food program with MCPS. The
organization also provides food distribution to individuals,
mmifies
and agencies.
Both Manna and Women Who Care Ministries are a part ofthe Montgomery County Food
Security Collaborative, which encourages increased collaboration to conceptualize better ways to
distribute food to those in need.
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Community Action's other food and nutrition pal1ners include Kids in Need Distributors, which
provides weekend food for children during the school year and a summer meal pl'ogram;
Crossroads Community Food Network, which provides a food subsidies program
(Fresh Checks)
and operates a mal:ket program and Healthy Eating Program in MCPS, and the Mid-Atlantic
Gleaning Network, which provides gleaning opPOItunities and fresh produce for low-income
residents.
All of the CAA's food partners are involved with the Montgomery Food Council. The Council
addresses food access, recovery, literacy, economy and environmental impact. The Council also
works closely with Maryland Hunger Solutions, working to fight hunger and improve the
nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in Maryland.
Early Childhood
As
the County's grantee for Head Start, CAA monitoi'S the program to assure that the federal
standards related to nutrition are fully met.
TESS hosts the Judy Center based at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, twice a week at the
TESS Center and links with the program to ensure participants are aware of County food
resources.
Community Action Board Advocacy:
The Community Action Board (CAB) has been a longwtime advocate fo\' food and nutrition
programs. CAB has supported legislation to fully fund and increase SNAP benefits, expand
school breakfast programs, and expand summer meals for children.
.
CAB has advocated for fanli1y supports in order to maximize family resources for food. Such
policies include increasing the minimum wage and expanding Earned Income Tax Credits.
CAB supports use of the Self Sufficiency Standard (SSS) as an accurate measure of the cost of
living in Montgomery County. Since the SSS includes location-based infonnation about the cost
'of basic necessities, including food; the SSS provides a more accurate measure of the number of
people struggling to make ends meet in the County, Currently. the CAB is working with
Comniunity Action partners throughout the state to update the SSS for
2016.
CAB routinely updates information included in the Faces of Poverty report, which summarizes
poverty data. The data incJudes important statistics about hunger and food insecurity.
In 2015, CAB hosted several poverty forums in Gaithersburg, East County, and the TESS
Center. The forums provided an opportunity for low-income residents to share their concerns
and recommendations regarding issues impacting them and their families. Food access was
noted by many palticipants as a primary concern. CAB has used this itlfonnatioll in its ad\focacy
efforts, providing information to the County Council and the County Executive,
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6930 Carroll Avenue
Suite 4:26
Takoma Park, MD
20912
Food
Network
Testimony before the Montgomery County Council
in support of Bill
19-16,
Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
Presented June
14, 2016
President Floreen and members of the County Council, my name is Christie Balch, and I am the
Executive Director of Crossroads Community Food Network. Crossroads is building a healthier,
more inclusive food system in the primarily immigrant, low-income community of
Takoma/Langley Crossroads. Founded in 2007 as a seasonal farmers market, Crossroads
originated the idea of using private funds to double federal nutrition benefits when people use
them to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the market - making healthy food more affordable
while supporting local farmers.
Crossroads now also encompasses community-based healthy eating education and
microenterprise training for food business entrepreneurs. By connecting and empowering those
who grow, make, and eat nutritious foods, Crossroads is helping an underserved community
attain food equity and self-sufficiency.
We are grateful to the County Council for support of Crossroads, and we applaud your support
of farmers market incentives throughout the county-at our farmers markets and others who
are replicating our model.
We are so pleased to be part of this hearing-alongside such important organizations-and
would like to thank the sponsors of this bill. We're happy to see the prospect of a food secure
Montgomery County and feel this legislation has great potential to achieve lasting change.
We support recommendations made
by
Manna Food Center and others to strengthen this
legislation. Specifically, we would like to emphasize:
1) The plan should have a nonprofit co-owner to ensure this will be a multi-stakeholder
effort and to inel ude voices of those who experience food insecurity.
2) The county must link this work with efforts being made on upstream factors related to
economic and social inequalities. Since the root cause offood insecurity isn't a lack of
food, but rather a lack of income, poverty reduction needs to be a major focus for the
county.
Thank you all for your efforts to ensure every Montgomery County resident is food secure.
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June
14,2016
To Whom it May Concern,
Thank you for opening the doors to energizing a practical conversation on
developing a strategic plan to end food insecurity in Montgomery County. My
grassroots non-profit organization, growingSOUL - Sustainable Opportunities for
Universal Learning - creates, implements and advocates for sustainable, interconnected,
reciprocity-based food systems benefiting the vitality of our communities and their
residents as well as our planet. Our systems connect residents to one another and our
earth, and in the process of growing food, helps grow our SOULs. With our farming sites
located on historic Underground Railroad land in the east county, we continue the
regional legacy of striving for freedom and food for all as we replenish soils by
composting on them, and feed communities in need from our crops.
We demonstrate zero-waste food systems in our 2 main programs: through small-scale
gardening and composting with low-carbon footprints in "YardLink"; and we address
food production/recovery/preservation/recycling in our "Putting Stock in Your
Community" program. Our food is delivered throughout the county in vehicles that run
on waste vegetable oil from the tortilla fryers at local Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants
that we collect and filter at a local farm. Our "Culinerati" work force consists of
permaculture experts at The Harvest Collective, adll;1ts with disabilities from St Colettas,
MCPS students seeking SSL hours, businesses seeking to give back, and volunteers from
the community-at-Iarge. They are a diverse, multi-generational team engaging hands-on
in becoming lifelong learners, connectors and part of growing a movement, not apart
from
it.
I have been working in partnership with other non-profits, businesses, government
and the community-at-Iarge to build a sustainable, resilient food system
infrastructure for over 6 years in the county. I co-founded the Montgomery County
Food Council and sat as their Coordinator for a year, and have been an active leader
in both the Environmental Impact and Food Recovery Working Groups since its
inception. growingSOUL has been the ONLY non profit in the county that combines
food production, processing, distribution and composting and the only SSL opportunity
for volunteers in the food system as young as 10 with no parental supervision. Our
leadership in community collaboration earned awards from Silver Spring Impact and
GOCA. Our ability to collaborate and advocate with other non-profits, businesses,
schools and government lead
to
our government appointment to represent food recovery
and composting needs for the county on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
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Our recent connection with the Maryland Food Center and Maryland Packaging helps the
state dramatically reduce its waste stream, helps food businesses be eligible for
tax
deduction benefits while simultaneously allowing Montgomery County to save money,
landfill space and time by providing an entire food recovery infrastructure with the
potential to divert 300,000 pounds of fresh food monthly.
We currently provide zero-waste services to a wholesale distributor that has been
throwing out 10,000 pounds of food weekly, and is now donating it
to
growingSOUL for
an IRS Tax Deduction. We triage the food to regional non-profits that distribute directly
to
families, process it into wholesome meals, and/or send it to farmers for animal feed.
Anything un-utilized by the agencies along with their other compostables may be brought
back to Jessup for recycling via composting, eliminating 10,000 pounds of food currently
wasted in our landfills weekly. The state-run Maryland Wholesale Produce and Seafood
Markets has asked us to provide this service for 15,000 pounds of food daily collected at
the Maryland Food Center. Additionally, we are currently negotiating a partnership with
Maryland Packaging for use of their commercial kitchen and packing plant for our
workforce development program to create processed and preserved food for donation.
The infrastructure for refrigeration, inventory, transportation and composting, as well as
for food processing, preserving, and packing, is built into the warehouse of our business
partners, Coosemans DC and Maryland Packaging. There are15,000 pounds of
wholesome food available daily at the state's wholesale produce and seafood market, as
well as a full processing kitchen and co-packing plant. Triaging and processing the food
on site and distributing in trucks bound for Safeways daily saves carbon footprint and
offers a
tax
deduction per mile to the distributor. Donating the seconds for the whole
market to growingSOUL means a Montgomery County-based non-profit has access to
75,000 pounds of wholesome food and the infrastructure to triage, process and
redistribute it weekly. In only one week operating with one distributor, we donated 18
pallets of food totaling over 12,000 pounds to DC Central Kitchen, Manna, Rainbow
Development Center and Nourish Now.
Unfortunately, most of the infrastructure needed to take advantage of all of this food does
not exist in Montgomery County. Only 2 agencies in the county, Manna and Nourish
Now, have the capacity to come pick up these tens of thousands of pounds of food, and
with their current capacity, can only come once a week. Several are able to take food if
we deliver it, but their buildings do not have loading docks, they do not have guaranteed
staff to be there to unload properly, and many others lack adequate storage. Much of the
recovered food needs
to
be processed and preserved as it is food deemed unsellable by
wholesalers, and they tend to hold it as long as possible
to
try and sell as much as they
can. I recently had 6 8' x 4' pallets of ripe papaya and mango that was "too soft" to be
given directly to a family, but perfect to be made into juices or processed into dehydrates,
but there was no Montgomery County kitchen with enough space to process it.
While growingSOUL was generously given 2 years to work for free at a church
commercial kitchen, we were able to process thousands of pounds of such food monthly,
turning it into juices, stocks, stuffings, jams and dehydrates. Unfortunately, our contract
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was not renewed because we got too big for our space. In rescuing and preparing more
food, we worked our way out of donated space. Commercial kitchens in Montgomery
County are severely limited, even for paying businesses. The only kitchen that is
available with enough space for our volunteer work force costs upward of $2000 a
month, something we had not budgeted for, but must come up with in order to continue
our programming.
It
has been a double-edged sword - the more we expand the amount of
food we recover and our capacity to process that food, the more expensive it gets to make
it. As a charity donating 90% of all of the food we process, we are dependent upon grants
to
do so. growingSOUL is proud
to
have been supported by grants from our County
Executive and County Council for the past 4 of our 6 years. That support has kept the
doors of our single full time employee non-profit open, making a small dent in our county
needs. Unfortunately, our funding for our processing program was cut this year, so
without funding to rent space in a kitchen, we are having to tum to other partners, and the
partners who are wanting to work with us and have the capacity to handle the amount of
food to which we now have access are not in Montgomery County.
So here is the dilemma. Now that growingSOUL access to Maryland State
infrastructures, we have greatly expanded our capacity to bring food into the county. But
as we are now tasked with solving food insecurity for our county, we will need not only a
collaborative plan with enthusiastic capacity partners, but an infusion of millions of
dollars of financial investment
to
create the necessary infrastructure to properly store,
process, redistribute, recycle and produce more food within the county. I SUbmit, we open
ourselves to looking into a regional solution, with partners who may already have the
infrastructure. We all need to be a part of the solution, and be willing
to
look to our
neighbors for help.
You have heard from many organizations stepping up to play their role in this
monumental task. The will is clearly abundant in the county. The urgency is real. I look
forward to being a part of this team moving forward on this critical journey
to
keep our
neighbors fed and this county thriving.
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IONA=:
To: Montgomery County, MD Councilmembers
From: Rose Clifford, RON, MBA
Age Well. Live Well.
As a longtime Montgomery County, MD resident, senior hunger advocate, practicing health professional,
and subject matter expert on the nutritional needs of older adults, I support the development of a
strategic plan to end food insecurity in Montgomery County. A good start towards this was the recent
authorization by Governor Hogan of Senate Bill 758, increasing the minimum Food Supplement Program
benefit from $16 to $30 per month for 18,000 seniors 62 and older statewide. While no one should go
hungry or lack access to sufficient healthy food, older adults are particularly vulnerable to the effects of
food insecurity, hunger, and
sub~optimal
nutrition. Their needs must have a seat and a voice at the table
in
BiII19~16.
Nationwide, food insecurity among older adults is increasing. Senior hunger is a health issue with very
high personal and economic costs. Senior malnutrition is often a "hidden secret" with devastating
individual suffering and societal consequences. The estimated annual cost of
disease~associated
malnutrition in older adults in the US is $51.3 Billion (Snider, JT, et al. JPEN, 2014). Astoundingly,
marginal food insecurity in older adults is functionally equivalent to being 14 years older (Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics, 2010)?
.Food and nutrition issues are so important to good health and life quality for older adults, but are often
poorly understood or go unrecognized. According to the DefeatMalnutrition.Today coalition, up to 1
out of 2 older adults are at risk for malnutrition and up to 60% of hospitalized older adults may already
be malnourished. Malnutrition increases the length of hospital stays, and leads to more complications
such as falls and readmissions.
Eighty~seven
percent of older adults have one of more chronic diseases
with nutritional implications, and based on the Healthy Eating Index, 83% of older adults do not
consume a good quality diet.
It's also important to understand that senior hunger and malnutrition is not limited to low income
seniors but is a phenomenon that cuts across all income spectrums and is often an access issue. Factors
such as poor appetite, unintentional weight loss and frailty, isolation, decreased mobility, cognitive
decline, psychosocial and mental health issues, nutrient deficiencies, poor oral health, and lack of
transportation are common contributing factors to senior food insecurity and malnutrition. For these
and other reasons, older adults are often unable to plan, procure, prepare, or consume adequate meals.
For households that fall below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, Maryland has the nation's 7th highest
food insecurity rate among adults aged 50-59 (33.9%) and the 8th highest food insecurity rate among
those 60+ (18.7%). The National Foundation
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to End Senior Hunger's June I, 2016 release of the State of Senior Hunger in America 2014 annual report
found that 12.41% of Maryland seniors overall face the threat of hunger. There is limited information
on the percentage of Montgomery County seniors who face the threat of hunger, but the Montgomery
County Senior Subcommittee on Vital Living found that in 2012, 8,060 Montgomery County seniors were
living below the poverty line, up 29.5% from 2009.
Putting an end to senior hunger and food insecurity in Montgomery County, MD requires a coordinated
effort and strategy, and Bill 19-16 deserves our Council's full support.
Sincerely,
Rose Clifford, RDN, MBA
Nutrition Program Manager
lona Senior Services
4125 Albemarle St., NW
Washington, DC 20816
rclifford@iona.org
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NTERFAITH
WORKS
STATEMENT OF SHANE C. ROCK
WWVi.iworksmc.org
CEO, Interfaith Works
June 14, 2016
Re: Bill 19-16 - Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
Interfaith WQrks supports Bill 19,..16
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which directs the County Innovation Officer to
craft a Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity .In collaboration with the Montgomery
County FoodCooncll,. Manna, and a wide variety of government, oomm unity, and
nonprofit organizations workjngto increase food seourity and decrease poverty inour
county. Access to healthy, nutritiOUS and sufficient food
IS
a vital prerequisite for
people to lift themselves oOt of poverty and become mote self-:sufficient.
Interfaith Works is committed to empowering vulnerable people to
[ift
themselves out
of
POverty. One component oHhat commitment is addreS$ingfood security needs
of
those we serve. Our Project INFORM progrsam, housecJat thalotarfajth Works
Clothing Center in
RQckviUe~connects
families in need with vital resources•. last year,
food security was their top need - more than 60 percent of the 443 people served by
Project
INFORM
sought referrals for food assjstance from our community partners. In
addition, Interfaith Works volunteers. donated in excess of
50,000
meal.s to feed
residents at our Rockville women's shelter.
These examples underscore both the need in our community and the factthat there
are many partners working in concert
to
address the food security needs of those
struggfingin our County. InclUSion ofdiverse organizations and voices In the pfanning
and implementation ofthe strategic plan
will
be critical for the success ofthis worthy
effort We urge-the CounCil to direct the County Innovation Officer to include a broad
arraY of
organi~tiol1$
that not only refleCt geographic diversify, but also
repte$~nt
grassroots efforts. faith-based efforts) and diverse populations.
Of
course, drafting a
rea!istic~
effective plan is only the
first
step in the process.
Sufficient resour<:;es will be required to implement the plan, and to gather the data
necessary to measure the Impact ofthe efforts. We applaud the CouncIl for rneluding
data coHeGtian"snalysis, and cost estimation in the cliargetor the County Innovation
Officer. The CIO's reports to the CounCil should include no.tontythe government data
and cost estimates, but also those of the community and nonprofitorganizations that
will.be doing much of the direct work in our communities.
We are grateful for the leadership of CClunCilmember Berliner in sponsoring this
legislation, and for CouncHlmembers Rice and Leventhal for co-sponsoring. This
legislation reflects the
collective
WiI!
of
the MontgornetyCOUnty Council to. address a
vital
socro~conomictssue
for too
many
of our County neighbors.
We
h~vean
opportunity to create acohesive
J
thoughtful approach to ensure those struggling in
our community have enough to eat·
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Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
RE: Comments on
Bill
19-16,
Health and Sanitation
-
Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
Dear Council President Nancy Floreen and Members of the County Council:
I am writing to you today on behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater
Washington (JCRC), which is the public affairs and community relations arm ofthe Jewish
community, representing over 100 Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout Maryland,
Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The JCRC has a strong commitment to the Jewish community
and community at-large to help continue to cultivate a society based on freedom, justice and pluralism.
We remain faithful to our four pillars of government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations
and social justice. The JCRC works tirelessly throughout the entire Greater Washington area to
advocate support for our agencies who serve the most vulnerable residents and to campaign for
important policy interests on behalf of the entire Jewish community.
Therefore, we would like to advocate our strong support for Bill 19-16, which will enhance and help
the County learn better ways to address food insecurity throughout the entire area. Creating a strategic
plan to reduce and eliminate food insecurity, goes to the heart of making sure that everyone no matter
what knows where their next meal will be coming from. Unfortunately, even in Montgomery County,
the reality is that someone may either go hungry or risk losing their home.
The Jewish Commwrity has even seen a rise nationally of new kosher food banks in response to the
growing needs in their areas. And we know that here even in our own community many are struggling
to feed their families. Tzedakah, which is translated to charity, is a pillar of the Jewish way oflife.
We are taught that it is a Mitzvah (good deed) to give Tzedakah and that we should always go one step
beyond to share what we have with others and that includes providing meals to everyone in need.
The JCRC highly encourages the Council to quickly move forward with Bill 19-16. We sincerely
thank the members of the County Council for consideration of our perspective on this very important
Issue.
Sincerely,
Meredith
R.
Weisel, Esq.
Director of Maryland Government and Community Relations
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JEWS UNITED
.
FOR
JUSTICE
Hollande Levinson
Jews United for justice
I 10 Ridgepoint Place
Gaithersburg, MD
20878
404-823-2404
Testimony in Support of Bill 19-16, Strategic Plan
to
End Food Insecurity
This written testimony in support of Bill
19-16
is submitted on behalf ofJews United for justice, a volunteer
driven organization that leads jews from Montgomery County, as well as in DC and Baltimore, to act on our
shared Jewish values through grassroots civic engagement.
jUFj supports this bill because hunger and food insecurity are issues of justice. Currently, almost
78,000
individuals
in our county are food insecure. In a county as wealthy as ours, that is simply unacceptable.
We are please the bill includes our exiting nonprofits as central to the planning process. This is important to us.
Existing nonprofits with successful track records are central to this process. They are on the front lines and
know intimately the challenges we face, and they should be at the heart of any plan
to
address this critical issue.
Those leading the planning process shouldn't assume that "new" is "better." They should equally consider that
existing organizations simply need more resources and more
stable funding
sources to provide services to more
people in need-whether that's more multilingual staff or satellite locations in underserved areas, etc.
We also appreciate and want
to
emphasize the bill's charge to look at poverty more broadly, as we know that
food insecurity is inextricably linked with other aspects of poverty such as low wage jobs, lack of affordable
housing. etc. Examining this intersectionality as part of the plan is crucial.
As
you know, jUfj strongly backed the Council in voting for a property
tax
increase, because it was simply the
only way to generate the revenue we need to address growing poverty and inequality in our community. As a
result. we would expect, moving forward. that the Council will appropriate adequate funds for the
solutions
the
plan suggests. For example, after investing so much in our schools, we should remind ourselves that kids can't
learn when they have unstable housing. They don't have enough support at home when parents are working two
and even three jobs to make ends meet. And of course kids can't learn when they are hungry.
Our Jewish tradition tells us we have a strong obligation to provide food for
all
of our community.
As
the great
Rabbi, Rambam, teaches us, in just one example of his Laws of Gifts to the Poor: "One who reaps his field should
not reap the whole field entirely but rather he should leave a little bit of standing grain for the poor at the edge of
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the field, as it is written, (Lev. 23:22) You shall not reap all the way to the edges of the field." He goes on to teach
that this obligation extends to not only all types of food producers but to each of us as individuals. That obligation
is so strong that he states, "A poor person whom you do not know, who says: 'I'm famished, feed me!-there is
no need to check up on him to see if it's a ruse, rather one should supply him with food."
We want to thank lead Sponsor Vice President Berliner and cosponsors, Council member Leventhal and
Councilmember Rice for their bold vision to end food insecurity in our County. Let's make it happen.
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G3Jmanna
,
food center
fighting hunger and feeding
hope
in montgomery county
Testimony before the Montgomery County Council
in support of BiII19-16, Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
Presented June 14, 2016
President Floreen and members of the County Council} my name is Jackie DeCarlo} and I am
the Executive Director of Manna Food Center} an organization created by the community to
end hunger in Montgomery County. I am also a member of the Montgomery County Food
Council, on the board of Nonprofit Montgomery, and on the Advisory Council of Maryland
Hunger Solutions.
With a mission like ours Manna is, of course, very pleased to be part of this public hearing.
would like to thank especially Vice President Berliner for his sponsoring of Bill 19-16 and the
co-sponsors on the HHS Committee} Council Member Leventhal and Council Member Rice. I
know all three of you to be champions of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
I would also like to recognize Council Members Eirich and Navarro for their leadership in
support of weekend bag programs for students experiencing food insecurity, Council Member
Hucker for his commitment to Community Food Rescue, and Council Members Katz and
Reimer for their interest in Farm to Food Bank. I also want to recognize President Floreen for
her leadership in protecting the social safety net during recent budget deliberations.
As
the draft legislation states, estimates suggest as many as
78,000
of our neighbors do not
always know where their next meal is coming from in this great county. In the first three
quarters of this fiscal year, Manna had the honor of serving 29,339 of those individuals at least
once. 31% of the households who receive food from us monthly are headed by our 'elders, and
at the other end of the age spectrum, every week we reach 2,493 elementary school students
with healthy ingredients for family friendly meals. Our clients are as diverse and beautiful as
our county-44% identify as White, 35% as African American, and 6% as Asian. 34% of our
clients are Hispanic or Latino. 70% of the households Manna serves are headed by women.
Beyond statistics, we know our clients are often the working poor, under or unemployed and
unable to make ends meet, particularly if facing a medical or other crisis.
Given the complexity of hunger and poverty, and the range of individual circumstances, I am
fond of saying that no one agency will be able to end food insecurity. That is why a strategic
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240.268.2524
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plan focused on collective efforts is an important undertaking. Manna is proud stand with our
peers in the "anti-hunger space/' many of whom you are hearing from today. Our reach is
broadened through collaborations such as:
• 256 agencies including congregations, government agencies, and social services
organizations regularly refer clients to Manna. These partnerships have resulted in
33,321 food orders so far this fiscal year.
• Our Smart Sacks weekend bag program operates in 60 MCPS elementary schools
through the efforts of 55 civic partners. We appreciate the recent support the Council
showed by investing in the coalition Manna formed with two other weekend bag
providers: KIND and Women Who Care Ministries.
• The Community Food Rescue network has also benefitted from Council support and
grew from 11 organizations to 20 in only one year, rescuing almost $5million worth of
food in 2015.
• Our Farm to Food Bank program has work with farmers such as Red Wiggler Community
Farm to support the local economy and workforce development, while also providing
fresh prod uce to ou r clients.
• In cooperation with Maryland Hunger Solutions, our new Food Stamp outreach is based
at our new office at Silver Spring United Method Church. In less than two months 40
households have received Food Stamp benefits.
• Manna's work is made possible thanks to the contributions of 8,000 individual and
institutional donors including local businesses, congregations, and private foundations.
Approximately 80% of our funding comes from sources, other than public funds.
Despite these alliances, food security is not yet a reality for all Montgomery County residents.
Manna supports the creation of a strategic plan that will be an essential element of the
Montgomery County Food Action Plan to be created by the Food Council. Manna Food Center
has several recommendations to strengthen the legislation:
1)
Include on the list of required organizations and entities to consult, individuals who
have the lived experience of food insecurity. For a strategic plan to truly be
successful it will need to be informed and shaped by those who have the most at
stake-the mothers of children at risk of going to school on Monday unprepared to
learn, the seniors who face multiple health concerns and barriers to accessing
'nutritious, affordable food, the working families who never imagined themselves
relying on charitable aid. DHHS Director Ahluwalia often speaks of the safety net as a
trampoline that helps people bounce back. To achieve this vision, we must build on
the insights of people navigating the uncertain and unpredictable tight rope walk
from paycheck to paycheck.
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2)
Instruct the Chief Innovation Officer to develop a strategic plan that is tied to global
and national efforts to end hunger. Manna has endorsed the
United Nation.1s Zero
Hunger Challenge
as well as the EPA and USDA's challenge to reduce food waste by
50%. The timetable for those efforts is 2030. The Montgomery County plan should
also incorporate key strategies of the Food and Research Action Centers 8 point plan
to end hunger in the United States. These global and national frameworks will
replicate a best practice of our local Campaign to End Veteran Homelessness: that
of learning from and utilizing models piloted in other communities.
Another feature of the Veteran Homelessness campaign was its commitment to
interagency and multi stakeholder participation. The call for this legislation notes the
need for policy makers to "own" a strategic plan. In fact, the strategic plan needs a
not~for-profit
co-owner who has community based, collaborative, operational
expertise in addressing hunger. Please consult the model ofthe Maryland
Partnership to End Childhood hunger, which was co-led by the Governor's Office and
a not-for-profit, Share Our Strength. Along these same lines, the County needs to
recognize that financial support of the plan is necessary but far from sufficient. This
effort will call upon private philanthropy, the business sector, and individuals to
invest and sustain the effort.
legislation should mandate that all goals, objectives and accountability measures
relate to and support broader anti-poverty efforts in the county, such as pursuing
Interfaith Works' goal to shrink the poverty rate to make Montgomery County the
lowest rated county in Maryland by 2022. Food insecurity is not a stand-alone issue
but a symptom of economic and societal inequities that need to be addressed
systemically and in concert with other issues of concern.
3)
4)
The
5)
Finally, we request that the County change the name of the legislation. Make this
the Food Security Bill as a bold declaration that in Montgomery County
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all
people at all times [will] have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain
a healthy and active life". That is the definition of food security created by the
United Nations. A positive, expansive vision of food security communicates the
intent of a plan that will make sure that across zip codes, neighborhoods, districts,
and regions we will move away from a scarcity mentality into creating a prosperous
community for all.
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Council Members} this legislation alone
will
not end hunger} but it is a tremendously important
and ambitious start. The strategic plan
will
strengthen existing programs and generate new
solutions. It
will
galvanize existing supporters and attract new constituents. It will create
broader and deeper opportunities for residents to discover that the giving and receiving of
food builds new networks of community engagement. Manna is ready to work alongside our
peer agencies and county agencies to help co-create a Five Year Plan by December of this year.
Thank you for your support of Bill 19- 16 and for the real prospect of a Food Secure
Montgomery County.
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Testimony on Bill 19-16, before the Health and Sanitation Committee of the Montgomery
County Council
The Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
By
Michael
J.
Wilson, on behalf of Maryland Hunger Solutions
My name is Michael
J.
Wilson and I am the Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, a
non-partisan, nonprofit with the single goal of eliminating hunger in the state of Maryland. A
project of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), we use advocacy, outreach, education
and collaboration and focus on utilizing the existing federal food and nutrition programs. We are
proud to share space with the other local community organizations and anti-hunger activists to
participate in this hearing. We believe that this is a good start to of the process of ending food
insecurity in the county, but with important provisions.
In
outline form, those provisions are -­
First
Montgomery County is not the first county to attempt to do this. Palm beach County
funded a county plan of nearly 100 pages (Here is a
link,
on the FRAC Website). It's worth
examining, not because Montgomery County Maryland and Palm Beach County Florida are
similar, but because some of the causes and responses to hunger are similar. Here in Maryland,
we have worked with specific jurisdictions and funders to create what we call a "Road Map to
Maximize Nutrition and Student Wellness through the Federal Nutrition Programs". There is a
Baltimore City version, a Howard County Version, and a Maryland State version. These are the
Road Maps for which there were funding, capacity, and local leadership to create. In addition,
our national organization, the Food research and Acton Center has developed a plan to end
hunger, with Eight Essential Strategies To End Hunger. While national in scope, they have
applicability to local anti-hunger efforts.
Second
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It's important to understand the regional, state, and federal context which will impact
the plan. When the Maryland Farmer's Market Program raises money to fund the Maryland
Money program to provide financial incentives for FSP and WIC recipients to spend their
benefits at local farmers markets, Montgomery County benefits. When the state legislature funds
a state supplement for households with a member 62 and over so they get more than $16 a month
- $16 a month - up to $30 a month, Montgomery County benefits. (Washington D.C. enacted a
similar program, and that also impacted Montgomery County.) When the welfare reform law of
the 1990s forces Maryland to give up its statewide waiver so that 8 jurisdiction has to impose
new time limits on so-called Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDS) are limited to
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receiving FSP benefits for 3 months in a 3 year period - Montgomery County is impacted
because 1561 residents faced those time limits. When the Congress of the United States in
considering legislation to relax nutrition standards for school meals, offering block grant school
meals, and wants to revisit the formula for community eligibility - well, Montgomery County is
affected. State and federal elected officials must also be a part of the plan, and the Washington
Area Council of Governments must also be a part of the plan, just as the Washington Area
Regional Association of Grantmakers has.
Third
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it's critical to understand - and to address - the underlying causes of hunger. There is a
simple one word answer as to why there is hunger; it's poverty.
And
Fourth
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the plan must have enough flexibility, capacity and political support to adjust to
circumstances.
This is a long and complicated path. Many will testify before you today speaking of their
programs and the impact that they are making.
It
is all part of a broad tapestry, but beyond a
meal here and a meal there, the challenge of ending food insecurity takes commitment,
collaboration, and understanding. A success plan will include as many stakeholders as possible
and will be as robust, comprehensive, and inclusive as the county itself.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere
can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity,
equality and freedom for their spirits."
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Written Testimony from
Susie Sinclair-Smith, Executive Director of Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
In Support of
Bill 19-16,
Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
Good Afternoon.
I am here today to express the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless' (MCCH) full
support of Bill 19-16 that would create a Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity. Since food
insecurity touches all 1700 clients that MCCH serves each year in our emergency and
permanent supportive housing, MCCH applauds the MC Council for proposing a strategic
approach to eradicate the unacceptable condition of hunger in our County. I believe tackling
this problem is possible based upon my recent involvement with the County's successful Zero
2016 campaign to end veteran homelessness, resulting in Montgomery County becoming one
of only four communities nationwide to reach functional zero for homeless veterans.
The Zero: 2016 campaign's success was based on four key elements, which if replicated, will be
instrumental in a community-wide strategic effort to address food insecurity.
These four elements were:
• The political will to address the issue,
• A time-bound sense of urgency,
• Identification of necessary strategic system changes and allocation of resources
accordingly, and
• A public-private partnership.
Bill 19-16 includes the first three elements - a clear demonstration of the political will needed
to create real and lasting change; time bound goals that create urgency for the plan; and
recognition of the need for systemic change as evident in the bill's requirement to gather input
from a variety of entities in the public and private sectors.
MCCH recommends that the public-private partnership that was essential in ending veteran
homelessness be added as an element in the plan and its eventual implementation taking into
consideration the many ways our community feeds people who experience food insecurity.
MCCH volunteers donated furniture, household necessities, and 2 weeks of food for each
veteran when they moved into permanent housing. Also, MCCH could not operate our men's
emergency shelter without the significant support of our community which donated more than
100,000 meals last year - over 70% of all meals served.
While MCCH ensures that our clients in our emergency programs receive 3 meals a day
throughout the year, I want to speak on behalf of the 400 households in our permanent
supportive housing programs. These clients are amongst the most vulnerable residents in our
community and rely on food stamps and local food pantries. But despite the best efforts of
everyone involved in addressing hunger, our clients regularly ask case managers for help getting
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more food. Food stamps for a single person with no income, which is a reality for some MCCH
clients, only provides $6.16 per day for food. And though we are truly grateful for our partners
such as Manna and other local food pantries, they are forced to limit our clients' access to food
due to their funding limitations. Our clients are further challenged by their lack of access to
foods that are fresh, unprocessed, and lower in sugar and sodium. Given their health issues,
they need more of these kinds of foods but are forced to consume less healthy options based
on what they can access and afford.
The experience of homeless is integrally
r~lated
to the experience of food insecurity.
Montgomery County's Self Sufficiency wage standard the income that a household needs to live
in Montgomery County accounting for the costs of rent, food, medical and child care,
transportation and taxes. Without public assistance, annually a single mother with an infant
and toddler needs to make $78,000; and a single adult needs a job paying $36,000. If someone
experiences a medical crisis or loses the job, difficult household choices need to be made about
spending priorities often at the expense of buying food or paying rent.
I urge you to support Bill 19-16 so that we can create a community where everyone has a safe,
stable and affordable place to call home and no one is forced to go hungry.
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MONTGOMERY
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FOOD COUNCIL
June 14,2016
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD COUNCIL TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF BILL 19-16
Good afternoon. My name is Heather Bruskin and I am the Manager of the Montgomery County Food Council. Thank you
to Councilmember Berliner for introducing this innovative and ambitious legislation, and to Councilmembers Leventhal
and Rice for your support of this important effort.
The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent council that serves as the primary connection point for all
stakeholders interested in imprOving the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of the County through the
creation of a robust, sustainable local food system. The Food Council is named in the bill as a lead collaborator in the
development of the Strategic Plan, and we agree that the plan's creation is essential to the development of a better understanding
of current food security
initiative~,
to the identification of existing gaps and overlaps, and to the maximization of the impact of
the funding invested in food system work.
Food system reform is active world'Wide, and Montgomery County is uniquely positioned to be a regional and national
leader in alle\iating hunger and creating a truly sustainable local food system. While our County faces challenges, we also
have the resources and political support for transformational change that will not only eradicate hunger, but also promote
health and increase food equity.
By reducing redundancies and maximizing collaboration, we can move forward with a more efficient, strategic plan to
address food insecurity and the related issues affecting our residents. We believe that the issue of hunger cannot be
examined or addressed independently of the full food system, and economic landscape, of our county. Food Access and
Recovery, Food Economy, Food Literacy, and the environmental impact of food production and waste, are all inextricably
linked. Food insecurity is a significant symptom of a deeper problem, and it
is
essential that we take a comprehensive
systems approach to our action plan. The developing
f~od
access crisis in Eastern Montgomery County, where the closure of
one food retailer has transferred the responsibility for providing nutritious food to local residents to hunger relief
organizations that are already stretching their limited resources, is an excellent example of the need to strengthen
connectivity in our entire food system. While existing local, State, and Federal emergency food assistance programs playa
central and essential role in addressing hunger in our County, funding for these resources is not entirely reliable in the long
term. Without addressing the true root causes of food insecurity in our County, we will be unable to establish a truly
sustainable solution to this issue.
The Food Council has the most comprehensive understanding of the full food cycle in Montgomery County, enabling us to lead
this important effort in collaboration 'With a wide range of established partners, including our over 100 Council and Working
Group members who represent private foundations, non-profits, government agencies, community organizationl', and local
businesses. We \\illieverage these existing relationships to develop a plan that represents the collective expertise, needs, and
growth opportunities of not only our hunger-related partners but also those addressing poverty, workforce and economic
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deveiopment. agricultural production, education, and land and water use. Our strong partnerships 'Nith the DC Food
Policy
Council, Prince George's Food Equity Council, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, and others, are also essential to maximize
opportunities for food policy and distribution within the regional value chain.
There is currently no existing comprehensive picture of the breadth and depth of hunger relief and food system work being
done
in
our County. In order to create a more comprehensive, strategic vision for all food system work in Montgomery
COUllty, in 2016, tbanks to the generous financial support of the County Council and the County Executive, the Food
Council began work on the significant task of creating a Food Action Plan, which involves conducting a thorough
assessment of the current state of food system work and establishing a long-term strategy for addressing existing issues and
gaps in effort. This plan \\-ill serve as a tool for identifying opportunities and understanding how those opportunities can be
implemented in policy and practice. It will identify goals, ultimate strategies for achieving these goals, nece.."Sary changes,
actions to take, and metries to gauge success. This effort will build upon the findings of our Montgomery County
Community Food Access Report, released in October 2015, a three year research effort that identified six communities of
low food access as well as the primary challenges to food access in our County, including transportation, income inequality,
language barriers, and a lack of culturally appropriate foods. Also, our comprehensive assessment of all emergency food and
food literacy resource providers in our County is already underway, an essential first step in the creation of a plan to address
Food Insecurity. And, our Food Hub study, funded with generous support from the County Council in FY16, is about to be
released v,.ith significant insight into the economic opportunities available to increase food production and access in our
County.
The Food Council is tremendously appreciative of the support and attention to this issue. We also commend the County's
past and current significant commitment to mitigating food insecurity and other food system issues, and echo the
importance of deploying these resources strategically, with a comprehensive vision in' mind: The Food Council looks
forward to working \\-ith our partners to strengthen the tremendous existing food access work in Montgomery County, and
to the opportunity to incorporate these diverse, experienced perspectives to develop a comprehensive and implementable
strategy for achieving our common goal of food security for all in Montgomery County.
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Testimony of Andy Burness, President, Burness; and Chair, Montgomery County Food
Security Collaborative in support of BiII19-16, Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity
June 14, 2016
I am Andy Burness, Chair of the Montgomery County Food Security Collaborative, a group of
organizations encouraging collaborative solutions to significantly reduce hunger in our county by
2020.
For the last
30
years,
I
have led a local business in Bethesda. Our clients are local, national
and global, and many are involved in the fight against hunger.
Two years ago, I joined with a group of volunteers to go on a "food recovery" - working through
the wonderful Food Recovery Network at the University of Maryland. That night, we filled
perhaps
25
large plastic bins of food and delivered them to a women's shelter. When we got
there, we found to our amazement that six bins filled with food from a previous drop-off were
sitting on the kitchen counter, uneaten. We didn't know what to do. How can you bring fresh,
delicious food to a shelter and then take it back? But, conversely, how can you leave that food
for the women in the shelter, knowing that most of it will go to waste and others who need that
food won't get it?
I was once again reminded of a life lesson that evening -namely that doing good in and of itself
is not guaranteed to help the people we're all trying to help. And that data is critical to tackling
issues related to poverty, because if you don't know who is hungry, it's impossible to target the
people with the greatest need.
System reform is not terribly sexy, but in the end, systems are necessary for solving our big
problems. Nobody cheers at the prospect of collaboration, but Individual acts of generosity,
disconnected from a larger plan, help a child or a veteran or a shut-in, but they don't solve the
bigger problem of hunger.
That's why I enthusiastically support today's legislation. It's about system reform.
It calls on the County to develop a plan and insists that all people with an interest in or
responsibility for solving hunger step up and coordinate efforts.
It says that data rules, that we need to know who is hungry, how many are hungry, and where
they live. It holds the County accountable with real metrics - reducing food insecurity by
10
per
cent each year, starting in
2017.
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It requires strange bedfellows who may hardly know each other to be problem solvers together
- food assistance groups, anti-poverty advocates, school leaders, county planners,
transportation experts, information technology experts, caterers, public health officials. And
restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, colleges and universities, where unused food is too often
wasted, are critical as well.
It says that any solution that is developed in isolation is not a solution that will ultimately reduce
the ranks of hungry people in Montgomery County.
This legislation is government at its best - involving all people working on one part of the
elephant to come together to create a plan and then deliver on it. It won't solve poverty, the
real villain in this story. But it will take our fight against hunger to a new moral ground, with
insistence that we do our best to reduce the number of hungry neighbors - starting with a plan.
Basic food security for all of our neighbors is a challenge we are clearly up to. Thank you for
your leadership and your insistence on results.
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montgomery
Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity Testimony
Wednesday, June 14, 2016
nonprofit
Council President Floreen and Councilmembers,
Thank you for the opportunity to share Nonprofit Montgomery's support of Bill 19-16,
which will create a strategic plan to address hunger and food insecurity.
First, thank you to Councilmember Berliner for his sponsorship of this Bill, and
Councilmembers Leventhal and Rice for their co-sponsorship.
Nonprofit Montgomery is an alliance of 126 nonprofit organizations serving M,ontgomery
County residents. While our day-to-day work strengthens leadership in the nonprofit
sector through leadership development, peer-to-peer networking, and strategic
partnerships, the overarching reason for the work we do is that strong nonprofits
contribute to a thriving, just, and fair Montgomery County.
Hunger and food insecurity are issues that are central to a just and fair society. More
than ten of Nonprofit Montgomery's 126 members are directly involved in hunger relief
programs, including most of those who are'offering testimony today, and many more of
our members partner with hunger-relief organizations to serve clients they see for
intersecting issues like housing, health care, mental health care, job training, legal
services, and after-school programs, all of which relate to poverty and economic
opportunity.
This legislation calls for the Chief Innovation Officer to consult with cross-sector leaders
and organizations, including Manna Food Center and the Montgomery County Food
Council, both members of Nonprofit Montgomery. We applaud this
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and also support
consultation with many other nonprofit, community-based, and faith-based organizations
of all sizes, budgets, and focuses, especially those that are grassroots organizations
serving our most vulnerable communities. Diverse voices across multiple sectors are
important to solve our most pressing problems.
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We urge that they be fully included in this planning process, and that once the planning
process concludes, we encourage their inclusion as full partners for implementation. For
this plan to succeed, it must be owned by ALL of its participants.
This will, of course, take resources, A coordinated system to address a large issue like
this requires a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, data
collection, consistent outcomes evaluation, and much more, Many of our small, and
even some of our large organizations struggle with capacity to collect data, measure
outcomes, and communicate success because their resources are devoted to direct
service, We must ensure that the investment of resources called for when this plan is
released includes resources to support full participation in a collective effort.
Addressing food insecurity and hunger is only one part of a much larger charge that we
as a county must address ...the growing economic opportunity gap and the reality of
poverty. I hope that the framework being used to develop, and eventually implement this
Strategic Plan will be a model for similar frameworks to significantly reduce poverty in
the county, and look forward to supporting those into the future.
Brigid Nuta Howe
Executive Director
Nonprofit Montgomery
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Testimony: Brett Meyers
June
14, 2016
My name is Brett Meyers and I am the Founder and Executive Director of Nourish Now. Nourish Now is a food
recovery based organization located in Rockville, Maryland.
When I was 18 years old I moved out of my home which fortunately I never had to worry about food. That was
true until I was a college student trying to live off of $75 a week. I experienced what it was like to not have food
in my refrigerator and much worse not having the money to fill it up.
Fortunately for me the moments of food insecurity I faced were brief, but I never forgot them. Everyone faces
ups and downs in their lives, whether you live in a mansion or experiencing homelessness, but food is the one
thing we all cannot live without.
Unfortunately, 77,780 people suffer from food insecurity in Montgomery County. That is enough people to fill a
football stadium to its capacity. Enough fresh food is wasted each day to also fill a football stadium to its
capacity. How can one of the wealthiest counties in the nation have this many people in need of the most basic
thing we all need to survive. All of us have a goal to thrive in our lives, to make the best of what's around, and
with all the obstacles that can get in the way, it is very hard to imagine adding hunger while trying to pursue my
life's dreams.
One of the reasons I created Nourish Now was to do everything I could to help people in need not experience
hunger.
After 5 years of operations, my organization Nourish Now is dOing everything we possibly can to help solve this
issue. Nourish Now recovers over 25,000 pounds of food that would otherwise be wasted each month. Every
family we donate to receives restaurant quality food from our 130 food donor partners. We give food donations
to over 50 County agencies to help support their food budgets. In 2015, Nourish Now saved out partner
organizations over $150,000 in food costs. Nourish Now also provides food donations to over 500 families in
need monthly. Collaboration began with our first food donation five years ago and I am excited about the
possibilities of collaboration this bill could bring. I hope the planning and the execution of this major endeavor
will focus on the strengths each organization can bring and together we will make a positive change to our
County as it relates to ending food insecurity. I hope Nourish Now will be asked to be a part of this Countywide
plan. All of us at Nourish Now are looking forward to playing as large a role as possible in this effort. Please
feel free to reach out to us anytime and thank you for this opportunity to speak today.
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Shepherd's
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TOGETHER MEETING NEEDS. CHANGING LIVES.
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Public Testimony for Bill 19 - 16
President F1oreen, Vice President Berliner, and members of the County Council, my
name
is
Jacki Coyle and I am the Executive Director of Shepherd's Table, an
organization committed to meeting the basic human needs of men and women
experiencing homelessness and poverty in Silver Spring and Montgomery County. I
am also a member of the Food Access and Recovery Group of the Montgomery
County Food Council. Shepherd's Table is very proud to be a part of Community
Food Rescue. I am proud to have served as Chair of the County Council working·
group on Food Recovery, which gave birth to a more coordinated and effective effort
to recover food: Community Food Rescue.
Shepherd's Table has been meeting the needs of individuals experiencing
homelessness and poverty for 33 years. We have serve thousands of hungry people
serving over
1.5
million meals. We are honored to be part of this public hearing. I
. would like to
thank
especially Council Member Berliner for his sponsoring of BILL
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19 - 16
and his co-sponsors on the HHS Committee, Council Member Leventhal and .
Council Member Rice. Your passion to meet the needs of
all
in our County,
especially the most vulnerable, is a testament to the heart and soul of the County
Council!
As we prepare to move into our new building in December of this year, I thank each
Council member for your vision and commitment to ensure that essential and life
giving services are provided in Silver Spring to women and men experiencing poverty
and homelessness. The new building gives Shepherd's Table the opportunity to
double
its
impact in the community by doubling the number of meals we serve each
week!
As the draft legislation states, estimates suggest as many as
78,000
of our neighbors do
not always know where their next meal is coming from in this great County. In the
firstS months of this year, Shepherd's Table has served over
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persons and over 22,000 meals. The number of new people coming to us in this same
time period is 333. While many of our meal guests are homeless, 8 % are housed but
. are living in poverty. Another 27% live with family or friends in very vulnerable
situations. Each day, they must decide how they
will
pay living expenses, how they
will
buy food, and if they
will
be able to maintain their housing. Many of this group
are senior citizens. Our clients are as diverse, as is this County-ll % identify as
White, 55% as African American, and 4% as Asian. 37% of our clients are Hispanic
or Latino. 85% of the people we serve are men and 15% are women. All who seek
services; especially meals, are people experiencing food insecurity. All are HUNGRYl
How
will
we end hunger in Montgomery County?
Just as your legislation states, the plan to end hunger must be one that is a
collaborative effort, with County government, nonprofits, schools, businesses,
organizations, individuals all working together to simply diminish food insecurity but
to ensure that EVERYONE is FOOD SECURE.
Currently, Shepherd's Table works in partnership with the County and many other
organizations, businesses and individuals. Because of this, we are able to ensure that
who walk through our door, an average of 140 people per day, are provided a
nutritious meal. The results of our strong partnerships ensure that not only are people
fed a nutritious meal, but because of these meals they are able to maintain or improve
their health and also are able to take the necessary steps to improve their lives.
an
We regularly work hand in hand with Manna, the Capital Area Food Bank,
Community Food Rescue, Interfaith Works, Montgomery County Coalition for the
Homeless, over 35 faith communities, 3 Farmer's Markets, over 15 businesses and
countless other organizations and individuals.
Each year, over 135,000 pounds of recovered food finds its way into our
extraordinarily delicious and nutritious meals which are served
to
our dinner and
brunch guests.
Through the generosity of Maryland Emergency Food Program grants, other
.Foundation grants, as well as business and individual donations, we are able to
purchase much-needed food to supplement the food that is donated.
Local businesses or groups provide what we call a BRIGHT Meal throughout the
year. This is an opportunity for the business to choose special food for the dinner or
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brunch meal, pay for the food, and provide volunteers to serve the meal. These
BRIGHT meals give our meal guests a special meal, just like those all of us enjoy
when we go out to dinner or brunch.
Shepherd's Table is poised to experience the most important time in our 33 year
history. With the move into the new Progress Place in December of this year, we
will
double the amount of meals serve as we become the sole provider of meals. We
will
go from providing 9 meals to 19 meals each week. We anticipate serving over 100,000
meals in 2017. We
will
double our impact on the lives of those we serve and double
our impact in the community! Many more people
will
be fed. Fewer people
will
be
hungry. We
will
continue to play our part in making
this
County one that is food
secure for all.
While we are most proud that we serve all who walk t:p.rough our doors a nutritious
meal, we know that hunger and food insecurity remain in Montgomery County. We
support the creation of a strategic plan to address and ultimately eliminate food
insecurity in our County.
We, along with Manna and other providers suggest a change in the name of the
legislation. Make the bill about Food Security for ALL. The definition of food security
by the World Health organization states: " ... all
people at all times.[will] have
access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life"
. We believe that seeking to simply reduce food insecurity by 10% a year falls short of
the vision needed to end food insecurity and to ensure FOOD SECURITY for ALL.
Be BOLD in your vision and confidant in your belief that working together we can
ensure food security for all.
We believe that learning lessons and gleaning knowledge from national and global
efforts in ending hunger and ensuring food security
will
allow us to move more
efficiently. Every day that people in this County and throughout our world experience
hunger is a bad day for all of us!
We are proud to be a part of Montgomery County, a County that has stood at the
forefront of change that significantly bettered people's lives. Just recently working and
succeeding at ending Veteran Homelessness proved that a passionate, committed
County in collaboration with equally committed organizations and stakeholders could
effect change. Together we can end food insecurity and bring Food Security to all.
We support
this
legislation, knowing that it not only continues the commitment of the
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Council to significantly care for the lives of all its citizens but also that it is a Bold
initiative to do what is seemingly impossible, to ensure FOOD SECURITY for aU. It
continues to bring together the best minds, the biggest hearts, and the best practices
nationally and globally to end HUNGER.
Shepherd's Table is ready to work in partnership with the County, other agencies, and
the many businesses and individuals who
will
be needed to ensure Food Security for
everyone!
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Testimony for Bill 19-16
From Women Who Care Minstries
Presented by: Judith Clark, Executive Director
June 14,2016
I am Judie Clark, Executive Director of Women Who Care Ministries and we are happy to give testimony
today, in support of Bill 19-16.
For over 15 years we have had the privilege of providing safety net services to vulnerable members of our
community in Montgomery County.
One of the primary services we provide is food, through our Montgomery Village Food Center and
through our Helping Kids Eat Weekend Meal Program. Although both of these programs are flourishing,
still there are too many families and children going to bed hungry. That's why we're excited about this
Bill.
Needless to say, the issue of food insecurity is of great concern to us. Through providing weekend meals
to children in both elementary and middle school, our awareness to hunger and its underlying causes has
increased tremendously in the past decade. There are so many other family issues at hand that lead to
child hunger, and to household food insecurity that we are hoping this bill will address.
I'm talking about Issues such as incarceration, unemployment, domestic violence, lack of knowledge of
County resources, lack of knowledge of process to tap into these resources, overcoming pride, and many
other hindering forces.
Therefore, we are looking forward to this bill being comprehensive, wherein, although the primary focus is
to end hunger and food insecurity, the overlapping ancillary factors are taken into great consideration as
well. After all, a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link.
As food providers we realize we can do a lot of work with seeing to it that meals get into the hands of our
clients, but if we are not exploring the root causes of their hunger, in a solution-focused manner, we are
just putting a band aid on the problem consequently the problem, hunger and food insecurity never goes
away. Matter of fact, often times feelings of deprivation cause our clients to over indulge in food because
they are still very fearful of where their next meal will come from.
We are hopeful this bill will address how we can work with other agencies to alleviate the psychologic
barriers that bar our clients from embracing the concept of being able to live a life free from food
insecurity, even in their low income state.
In summary, we would like to see these aspects being implemented through the bill:
1) Thorough research and review of best practices from other counties and states, to be
complemented by what we are already doing well.
2) We would like this bill to offer increased focus of non-participation of eligible families in the SNAP
program, and getting to the root cause of why. Most often it's because it is difficult for them to
fill
out the form or go online to register themselves. A couple of months ago a new client apprised
us she had been denied food stamps and temporary cash assistance. The reason was because
she had lost her birth certificate and didn't have the funds to order another one. We ordered it for
her that same day and a couple of weeks later she was receiving over $500 month combined
SNAP and cash assistance.
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3)
Emphasis on client participation and responsibility. We would like to see the Bill implement systems
designed to allow the consciousness of the recipients to make a dramatic switch from what we as
providers can do for them to what part can they play to help themselves reach self-sufficiency. This
includes offering financialliteracy/management skills classes; which includes budgeting their
resources. Incentives for these classes; a certificate - a gift card, will go a long way and will greatly
reduce food insecurity. Through our experience, our clients who submit to increasing their financial
management skills are less likely to be food insecure, conditional on other factors. This also
reduces the feelings of entitlement many of our clients have. IThis includes encouraging those who
are employable to get a part time job, to the point that it does not affect their monthly benefits, etc.
Most of our clients don't want a hand out, but a hand up. They want to be self-sufficient and not
depend on the assistance more than necessary.
4) Also, although SNAP and WIC are among the primary programs implemented to aid food
insecurity, we are hopeful that this bill will not overlook that thousands of food insecure residents
are ineligible for
SNAP.
This is why our food banks are so critical, as they are the only source of
food assistance to the households that are ineligible for
SNAP
and other federal food assistance
programs.
Women Who Care Ministries' goal is to put ourselves out of a job through this fierce fight to end hunger,
so we can then go about focusing on some of the many other issues of our vulnerable residents that we
can help heal.
Women Who Care Ministries looks forward to the passing of this Bill, and collaborating and strategizing
with our community partners in playing a vital role in the shaping, molding and effectiveness of it.
Thank you for your time.