Data & Reports

Goal

Review and analyze The Foodbank’s childhood hunger programs to identify ways to better serve the whole family.

Identify and address hunger relief programming service gaps and areas of unmet needs.

Expand The Foodbank’s partner agency capacity.

Key Measure

Completion of Childhood Hunger Strategic Plan.

# of new or relocated programs

# of partner agencies reporting increased capacity.

Food Insecurity
Food insecurity is the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money or other resources (Food Access Research Atlas, USDA).

Goal

Enhance communication amongst farmers to share resources and plan collaboratively.

Explore and support a distribution and aggregation mechanism for Montgomery County supply chain.

Promote agriculture-education programs for Montgomery County growers.

Pursue additional grants and financial resources to support vibrant farms in Montgomery County.

Advocate for public policies and practices that support agricultural use within the local food system.

Key Measure

# of farmers participating in shared resource network

System developed to coordinate supply and demand of local food.

# of growers participating in agriculture-education programs.

$ gained.

Advocacy plan developed.

Vibrant Farms
Vibrant farms are often “local farms” that shorten the gap between farmer and consumer and actively contribute to sustaining and revitalizing regional food systems and economies.

Goal

Expand community food initiatives in Montgomery County food desert census tracts

Amplify the voice of residents impacted by community food security.

Ensure inclusion of those with lived experiences in conversations and policy-making impacting Montgomery County’s food system.

Key Measure

# of new initiatives implemented.

# of activities engaging residents.

# of individuals and organizations represented in the Food Equity Coalition and its activities.

Strong Communities
The increasing popularity of local foods may be attributed to their perceived higher product quality and freshness. Purchasing local foods help support local farm economies and/or farmers that use certain production practices that are more environmentally sustainable.

Goal

Develop healthy food zones in areas with low community food security.

Key Measure

# of healthy food zones developed.

Healthy People
Risk factors for many chronic diseases can begin early in life, but evidence shows that making dietary and lifestyle changes may prevent disease progress and premature death.

Goal

Describe and quantify Montgomery County’s food economy.

Expand the capacity of the local food supply chain.

Create more local food system jobs.

Support distribution of locally sourced food by identifying and financing mechanisms for food system projects.

Attract grocery stores and/or smaller markets to underserved communities.

Key Measure
Completion of Food Shed Assessment

$ of local healthy food purchased. # of local food system businesses.

# of livable wage jobs created to support the local food system.

$ gained.

# of new grocery stores/corner stores in low community food security areas.

Thriving Local Economy
Low income areas are less likely to have supermarkets or chain grocery stores nearby and tend to have a higher number of convenience stores and small food markets that carry foods of lower nutritional value

Goal

Collaborate with existing organizations to increase soil management education opportunities.

Promote implementation of soil management practices.

Support development of a closed loop food ecosystem through composting.

Key Measure

# of individuals educated

# of organizations practicing soil management.

Pounds/tons of food diverted from landfill. # of commercial businesses composting food.

Sustainable Ecosystems
Fact: Food is one of the top three waste materials being landfilled.
Materials contributing to landfills could be decreased by 15% if food waste was eliminated.