AGENDA ITEM 4F
April 19, 2016
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
April 15,2016
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
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Introduction:
Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan tQ End Food
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Bill 19-16, Health and Sanitation - Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Council Vice President Berliner and Co-Sponsor Councilmember Leventhal, is scheduled
to be introduced on April 19, 2016. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 14 at 1:30
p.m.
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.
This packet contains:
Bill 19-16
. Legislative Request Report
Sponsor memorandum
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Bill No.
19 -16
Concerning: Health and Sanitation ­
Strategic Plan
to
End Food Insecurity
Revised: 4/15/2016 Draft No.
4
Introduced:
April 19, 2016
Expires:
October 19, 2017
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Vice President Berliner
Co-Sponsor: Councilmembers Leventhal and Rice
AN
ACT
to:
(1)
(2)
require the Chief Innovation Officer to propose and update a Strategic Plan to End
Food Insecurity in Montgomery County;
generally amend County laws related to Health and Sanitation.
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 24, Health and Sanitation
Section 24-8B
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves thefollowing Act:
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BILL
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Section 24-8B is added as follows:
24-8B. Strategic Plan to End Food Insecurity in Montgomery County.
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Strategic Plan must at least include:
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demographic and geographic information on poverty
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demographic and geographic information on participation in
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demographic and geographic information on participation in
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participation in free and reduced meals
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participation in other school based food programs;
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demographic estimates regarding food insecurity;
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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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recommendations to reduce food insecurity for seniors and
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cost estimates to implement the Plan.
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In developing the Strategic Plan. the Chief Innovation Officer must
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the County Department ofHealth and Human Services;
the County Department of Transportation;
the County Office ofAgriculture;
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organizations that are geographically located throughout that
County that provide emergency or sustained food assistance; and
organizations that are geographically located throughout the
County whose mission is to reduce and eliminate poverty in the
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update the information required in Section 24-8B(a);
include activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives to
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include cost estimates for the following fiscal year necessary to
implement the Strategic Plan.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 19-16
Health and Sanitation
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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.
PROBLEM:
The County has an array ofprogramming 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.
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
Chief Innovative Officer
FISCAL IMPACT:
To be requested
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
To be requested
To
be
researched.
To
be
researched.
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
AmandaMihill, Legislative Attorney,
240-777-7815
APPLICATION
N/A
WITIDN
MUNICIP ALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNQL
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 FY 17 operating budget deliberations, Council Vice President
Berliner asked our Office of Management and Budget to put together an inventory showing all ofthe programs
that receive government funding to address food insecurity in the county. The results of that 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 of those 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, TIY 240-777-7914, FAX 240-777-7989
WWW.MONTGOMERYCOUNlYMD.GOV
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To make this plan a reality, we will be requesting as part of our FY17 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 of the 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
Isian
Leggett
County Executive
Jennifer A. Hughes
Director
MEMORANDUM
January
21~
2016
TO:
Roger Berliner, Vice President, County Council
Jennifer A.
HuglJC~~rector,
Office ofManagement and Budget
Request for Inventory
of
Hunger Relief Programs and Initiatives in Montgomery County
FROM:
SUBJECT:
[n response
to
your request for an inventory of hunger relief programs
andinitiatiyes
in
Montgomery
COlUlty,
I have attached
Ii
list of programs and Initiatives supported
by
our O;mnty through
department budgets. the Executive and. Council Grants process, County contracts with community
organ'izations. Federal and State funded programs that serve County residents,
and
programs administered
by Montgomery County Public Sch.ools (MCPS)
that
seek to reduce
lnmger.
The Office ofManagement
and Budget has identified 13 progratns in FYI6
\\'ithin
the Department ofHealth and
HUrinlIl
Services
with
It
hunger component totaling $6.2 million in County, State and Federal support.
In
FY 16, Executive
and
Council grants provided $645,330
in
general
funds supporting 23
grants
to 15 non-profit
organizations to address hunger. MCPS repom FY
i
5 Federal reimbursement
$lipportiilg
the Free
and
Reduced Priced Meats Program totaling $30.5 million,and FY15 State funding for the Maryland Meals
for
Achievement Program totaling $165.850.
In addition, under separate cover,
pl~se
find correspondence'
from
the Montgomery
County Food Council detailing their efforts to identify funding trends and areas of interest for private
fundetsin.
the region.
1
hope
you
find this information usefuL We look forward
to
working with the Health and
Human Services Committee and the County Coullcil duringFY 17
hudg~t
discussions to ensure that our
as efficiently and effectively as possible to fight hunger
in.
scarce taxpayer resources continue to be
our community.
used
JAH:rs
co: Tim L. Firestine. Chief Administrative Officer
Council President Nancy Floreen
Councilmember
GeorgeLtw~nthal
CoutlcHmember Craig Rice
Uma g, Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Larry
Bowers, Interim Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools
Daniel Hoffman, Co-Chair, Montgomery County Food Council
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Men's Emergency Contract
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Calvary Baptist Churt;hHelping Hands
NCCf Greentree Shelter
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delivered
by
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FY16
Council Approved
Food Grants
Organization
Description
l~roVides
for
the Emergency Food
Total
Grant
TyPE
Bethesda Help
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$2,000
CE Grant
Community Ministries of
Rockville
Provides emergency assistance for
eviction prevention. utilities,
prescriptions,
and
tefem1s
for
dentallvision..services
and
clothing/food
Provides for a farmers market nt;ltrition
incentive
program
and complementary
healthy eating education
program
To deliver monthly allotment of
perishable. and
non-perjsba~e
food
to
senior citizens and
in~ividuals
with
disabilities (Housebound Clients).
Provides for the SHARE food program for
low-:income families
Provide the basiC needs of food, diapers,
and formula for low-income residents in
Gaithersburg/Montgomery
Village.
Provides for
food,
diaperS,
and formtila
fur low-income residents
in
GaitbersburgIMontgomety Village
Provides for support to local farmers to
introduce fresh locally grown produce
into
the food safety net system
$23
1
000 CCGrant
Crossroads Community Food
Netwclrk
Inc.
$60,920
CCGrant
EduCate
SuPPort
5ervices.lnc
$40,000
CE Grant
First African Methodist
EpiscopaJ
Church of ·
Gaithersburg. Inc.
$6Al0
CE Grant
Gaithersburg
HELP,
Inc.
$25,000 CEGrant
Gaithersburg HELP. Inc.
$5,000 CCGrant
growingSOUL Inc.
$9,750 CC.Gra.nt
Provides money to local farmers and
introduces fresh locally grown produce
growingSOUL,lnc.
into the food safetynet system
Provides support
to
purchase
food to
be
Kids In Need Distributors, Inc. distributed
to
children
Provides for bringing localfy grown
produce to Courity residents
experiencing hunger and
to
recover
Manna Food Center,lne.
~duce
from local
farmers. markets
Provides for the Smart
~cks
program
for
elementary school students
$20,000
CEGrant
$30.000 CCGrant
$20,000
ce
Grant
Manna Food Center, Inc.
$32,500 CE Grant
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healthy
foods
for
w~kend
Food Centet,
Inc,
meals
to
at
least 2,440 elemenwry school
Istudents
experiencing
hunger and
food
insecurity
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to bring
fresh
product
peopJe ex.periencing hunger and rescue
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markets that may
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$15
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distributing
to needy
County
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Our
Program
assists all who need help in
the Mo.ntgomery County irrespective of
race,
religion, ethnic back
ground
or
USLIM FOUNDATION, Inc
national
Provides for
operating
support'
the
Grant
Grant
Camillus Cathotic
Church
Community
Foundation
Grant
IlVlt'I'rr'''''mery
County,
an
l".ffm",1h..
of the
Community
atian for
the National
Contract salary
for Coordinator
to
support
and
expand
the
FQod Council
activities in
fostering a
healthy
and
sustainable
food
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Grant
...
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for a FiscalJmpact Study on
a Food Hub
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Who Care
Ministries
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FY 15 MCPS Division of Food and
Nutrition services Revenue
Month
Breakfast
I
Breakfast
Severe Need
1,079,331
212,661
0
MMFA
(state)
lunch
17,300,922
0
2,794,851
165,850
IAfter
School
Snacks
174,105
23
0
After
School
Suppers
967,798
0
0
SUmmer
0
3,939,738
165,850
Total
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MONTGO:MERY COUNTY
FOODCOUNClL
January
4. 2016
Ms.. Rachel Silbennan
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
C(n,m({ilrnember
Roger
Berliner's
NovelUber2015
letter
requesting the county government's assistance
in
creating a comprehensive
list
of Montgomery County
hunger reliefprograms and initiatives. The Montgomery County Food Council echoes the
Councilmember's assertion
that
this assessment is essential
in
order
to
<ievclop a better understanding of
current efforts, identify existing gaps and ov¢!'lapsj and maximize
the impact
of
the
funding
invested in
food
system work. A list
of
the initiatives receiving direct county funding would
be
an
incomplete
picture
of the breadth
and
depth
of
food
system work
conducted
in
our
County;
and so the .Food
Council
will
assist
as much as
possible
within the given timeframe to
identify
funding
trends and areas
of
interest
for private
fanciers
in.
the region.
In
tbenear term
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. For the time
bellig we hope to provide some private sector
context
to the data you
are
gathering
on
County funding.
One of the greatest
challenges
ofa decentralized funding
system
for hunger and other food
~ystem
programs is the difficulty
in
creating a single strategic
vision for
the
County.
It
is
als.o
very
labor
intensive to provide a complete
picture
of existing initiatives.
As
an independent non-profit with the
mission of
connecting
the wide range ofstakeholders in the entire Montgomery County food system, the
Food Council maintains a unique position
in
the County. The Food
Council
has
the
most
comprehensive
understanding
of
the
fun
food cycle
in
Montgomery County from
table crop
farmers to
craft food producers, to restaurants and retail, and most importantly; to resident
food
CODSC.tneIS.
The
Food Council has over 100 Council and Working Group members, volunteers. representing private
foundations, non-profits, State and Federal government,
and
local businesses. These partners can help us
gather
infonnation that may not be captured in County government records. In
addition.
we
fuel
it
:is:
important
to consider
fQOd
system work as a whole, 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 FQooCouncil will undertake the significant task of creating a Food Charter
fur
Mont~ery
County, conducting a thorough assessment of
the
cummt state of food system wOrk and
establishing
~ long~term
strategy for addressing existing issues
and
gaps
in
effort However, below are
some resources
and
information
that
should be ofvalue
in
your
hnme&ate
effort.
• We
are
aware
of over
90 organizations
providing
emergency
food
services in our
are~
many
of
which aresm1ll1, community-based organizations that likely
do
not receive County flmding,
• Some
examples of
recent food
system
projects receiving
funding
from non-government
sOurces:
o
Our
Food Access Working Group received a project support
grant
in 2015 from Kaiser
Permanente to conduct a Community Food Access assessment and
Heal'tby
Food
Availability Index.
study.
o The Community Food Rescue project received private funding to customize the online
platform 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
hol.ll'S
to
help combat
the hunger
problem in Montgomery County.
• The Abell Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, Mead Family Foundation, TO Charitable
Foundation, and Wolpoff Family Foundation, among others, all contribute over $25,000 annually
to
food system efforts
ill
Montgomery
County.
• The Jargest food security organi7.,ation
in
Montgomery
County,
Manna
Food
Center. receives it.,
funding
fu:>m a
diversity ofsources,
with
the majority
coming
from indiViduals and workplace
campaigns (51%), private foundations (1.3%), and corporate donors
(5%).
Smaller organizations
likely receive funding
:from
fewer sources, however.
• The Johns.Hopkins Center for a:Livable Future (JHCLF) works
with
students, educators,
researchers, policymakers. advocacy organizations, and communities to build a healthier, more
equitable,
.and resilient food system. ffiCLF is actively connected to the Food Council,
supporting our Food Access Working Group efforts and the development ofour policy
campaign. Their mapping projcctprovides valuable MontgQmery
County-specific
information
including fanus, processors, distributors,
.retail
outlets,
and
p~hasing
institutions:
http://w,,.,-w.jhsph.edulresearchlcenters-and-institutes!johns-hopkjns~center-for;.,a-livable­
future{indexJ+.tml
• Washington Regional Food Funders \vas established to develop a deeper understanding ofhow
philanthropic investments
in
healthy, affordable .food are
marlem
the Greater Wasltington
Region...
httPs:/Avww.wa..-;hiilgt:Qngrant1llilkers.orgffood"£Vsterns.
• The Wallace Center is part of the Enterprise and Agriculture
Group
ofWinrock International
aIld
supports communities in developing a modern
food
system
that
is healthier for people.
the
environment. and the economy. Arepresentative ofthis organization will join our Food
Economy Working Group's efforts to explore the
fea..ibillty
ofa
food
hub
in
Montgomery
County. http://www.wallaoecenter.org/
• The Farming at
the
Metro's Edge Report Slllllrtlarizes the perspectives Ofa vanety·of
Montgomery COunty
stakeholders on the current state ofloca! agriculture and the obstacles and
opportUnities that ex.ist for sustainable
agriCUltural
productivity:
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We
will continue
to
research this toPIc and share information as
it
comes available.
Montgomery
County
is
uniquely positioned to
be
a regional and nationa11eader
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 cpnversation around creating a more
comprehensive. strategic vision for food system funding in the county. Ourbe1iefis that
the
current
mechanisms are too fiagmented. making requests, such as O)uncilmember Berliner's
request,
difficult
to
respond to
without
great
effort.
Thank you
for
yom ongoing support and
~ommitment
i'O
this shared goaL We look forward to
continuing to work together in 2016.
Best
Regard$,
Heather Bruskin, Food Council Manager
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