June 23, 2016
June 21, 2016
Health and Human Services Committee
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Linda McMillan, Senior Legislative
Worksession: Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to End Food
Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Council Vice President Berliner and Co-Sponsors Councihnembers Leventhal, Rice Hucker,
Navarro, EIrich, and Katz, Council President Floreen, and Councihnember 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-SS).
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
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 S-year Plan that strives
reduce food insecurity by at
least 10% each year. A memorandum from the Lead Sponsor begins on ©S.
Issues for Committee Discussion
1. Should Bill
Manna Food Center (©37) and Shepherd's table (©S2)
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.
Council staff supports the goal behind this recommendation and suggests that changing beyond
the name of the bill to also changing the name of the plan. Council staff recommends renaming
the Strategic Plan
"Strategic Plan to Achieve Food Security in Montgomery County." If the
Committee agrees with this change, all references to the name of the Plan would be updated.