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September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.
Check out these and other hunger facts on the Maryland Hunger Solutions website, and be sure to support these programs that provide meals, grocery delivery and emergency food to our neighbors.
  • Despite living in one of the wealthiest states in the country, many Marylanders struggle with hunger.
  • In the wealthiest state in the country, one in eight households faces a constant struggle against hunger.
  • Nearly 21 percent of households with children struggle to obtain enough food to provide regular, healthy meals for their family.
  • Nearly 10 percent of Marylanders live below the poverty line.

Free Diabetes Prevention Program

For those who are pre-diabetic, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is offering a free, year-long lifestyle modification program that includes nutritional guidance, exercise sessions and support to help prevent or delay diabetes onset. The program begins on Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 p.m. at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Visit: http://bit.ly/2wLJV6Bto learn more. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Starts Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital (English) – Starts Wed., Step. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. (Spanish) – Starts Thurs., Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Holy Cross Senior Source Starts Wed., Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m To obtain information on diabetes prevention screenings at Holy Cross Hospital and in the community, please call 301-754-8800

Free Vaccinations Offered at Health Clinics for Students Entering Seventh Grade

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Students not in compliance with Maryland vaccination requirements are excluded from attending school until they provide documentation of the required Tdap and MCV immunizations. The requirements are in place throughout the State of Maryland.

Free Tdap and MCV4 immunizations will be offered to incoming students at the following locations:

School Health Services Center
4910 Macon Road, Rockville
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
Tuesdays
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Germantown Health Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd floor, Germantown
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Health Center
8630 Fenton Street, 10th floor, Silver Spring
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A copy of the child’s immunization record must be presented to staff to receive vaccinations. For more information on immunizations, call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Immunization Program at 240-777-1050 or School Health Services at 240-777-1550.

Food Council Hiring Food Security Associate


In early 2017, MCFC co-led the creation of the Montgomery County Executive’s 5-Year Food Security Plan (www.montgomerycountymd.gov/foodsecurity), which outlines the path towards building a Montgomery County in which all people have access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food, with dignity.
We seek a self-motivated, skilled, and goal-oriented Food Security Associate (FSA) dedicated to coordinating the Food Council’s FSP implementation initiatives. This is a 12-month contract position with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. The position requires a commitment of 37 hours per week with some required evening and weekend meetings. The FSA will report to the Food Council Executive Director. For Position Description please visit the Food Council’s website:

Addressing Food Security in Your Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.
Students or staff might ask themselves on any given day:
  1.  Did I eat?
  2.  Did I have enough to eat?
  3.  What would I like to eat?
Increasingly, students rely on school cafeteria food for food security. Many in our programs eat breakfast, lunch and a snack or meal during our care; many have nothing to eat when they go home. We have opportunities to play a vital role in the food security of the students we serve.

This article, originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine, offers insight and ways to adapt your role in students’ food security to help them achieve the goals and vision your program has identified to help address community needs.

Lottery for Farmer’s Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

Montgomery County will  Hold a Lottery for Farmer’s  Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. The coupon books are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $22,311 (family of one).
The coupons may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2017.
The lottery for the coupon books will be held at the following locations:
  • Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Benjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20901
  • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information, call 240-777-3810.

Ride On’s annual Give & Ride food drive campaign will run April 23-29!

Give non-perishable food items onboard Ride On from Sunday, April 23 – Saturday April 29, 2017.  Help the Hungry  and Ride FREE!

Help us help the hungry in Montgomery County. Our County is among the wealthiest in the nation, yet 16.3% of the children in the County are food insecure, more than any other county in Maryland.Food donations will be collected on all buses. Receive a free ride each time you donate. More importantly, help us feed the hungry in our community. All donations go to Manna Food and needy area families, including the disabled, seniors and the working poor. To show our thanks, you ride free with a donation.  

March is National Nutrition Month

Whether you are a dietitian, educator, parent, or someone who is just trying to eat a bit better, ChooseMyPlate.gov has resources to help you achieve your healthy eating goals this month, and all year long.
  • Discover healthy eating solutions for everyday life
  • Find tools to set and achieve your goals
  • Watch videos on how simple making healthy choices can be
In Montgomery County, hospitals, government organizations and non-profits work together to provide Nutrition Education programs.  Find one that fits your lifestyle here.

Safe Food Storage

Keep Food Safe! Food Safety Basics

Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential in preventing foodborne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. In every step of food preparation, follow the four guidelines to keep food safe:
  • Clean—Wash hands and surfaces often.
  • Separate—Don’t cross-contaminate.
  • Cook—Cook to proper temperatures, checking with a food thermometer.
  • Chill—Refrigerate promptly
Community Food Rescue is designed to recover unused, surplus food from producers by redirecting it to hunger relief organizations who distribute to the public.  These brochures were developed to educate consumers about the food they may receive through food assistance providers and includes information on package dates as well as safe food storage and preparation.  Food Safety information is available for consumers in English and Spanish. For other languages, please visit the Community Food Rescue website. FrenchKoreanMandarinRussian, and Vietnamese.
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