Montgomery Issues Over $1 Million in Food Access Grants

Montgomery County has issued a total of $1.2 million in food assistance grants to local non-profits providing food to vulnerable families.

A total of 38 grants ranging from nearly $7,000 to $60,000 have been awarded to local nonprofits such as the Salvation Army, the Jewish Council for the Aging, and the Washington Youth Foundation. The grants are made possible through a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Montgomery County Food Council (MCFC) and the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF). The County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) recently created the Food Security Task Force comprised of county staff and community members to further address food insecurity in the area.

From the press release:

“The need for food assistance has grown dramatically because of this pandemic, and I am appreciative of the work with many of our community partners to get food to our residents as best as possible,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “We will continue our work together to address the needs of our residents during this difficult time.”

“The economic hardships experienced by countless Montgomery County residents as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have created ever-increasing and sustained demands on food banks, nonprofit providers and community service partners providing food assistance,” said Council President Sidney Katz. “We are deeply grateful for our community partners and their ongoing efforts to combat food insecurity during this extremely challenging time. The Council is committed to providing the resources necessary to assist in these essential efforts across our community.”

Visit the County’s website for more information and for a full list of groups receiving food assistance grants.

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