The Food Council is proud to present the Food Literacy Assessment which was conducted by their Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) to better understand the landscape of existing food literacy resources in Montgomery County, and to identify gaps in resources and barriers to providing and/or accessing services. For purposes of this assessment, the FEdWG researched educational resources in gardening and agriculture, food safety, nutrition, cooking/shopping for/preparing food, and waste avoidance. The FEdWG’s goal is for this assessment to be used to identify food literacy gaps, better allocate resources, strengthen collaboration and resource sharing among providers, and advocate for an increase in and improvement of food education programs in the County.
The Food Literacy Assessment includes data on the resources offered by more than 100 community stakeholders, including, but not limited to, food assistance providers, hospital wellness representatives, faith-based organizations, garden education providers, culinary and nutrition educators.
Key findings from the collected data include:
The Food Council hopes that this Food Literacy Assessment will be a useful tool for County leadership, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to explore ways to help facilitate bringing together organizations and individuals to create more opportunities for food literacy programming, and to expand upon existing programs.