Food security plan combats hunger on local level

Goal is to reduce food insecurity by 22 percent by 2020

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - More than 70,000 Montgomery County residents aren't sure where their next meal is coming from, so to combat hunger in the area, the county launched a food security plan Thursday.
 
Several hundred residents contributed to the five-year-plan, which stems from legislation introduced by Council member Roger Berliner in 2016.
 
The ultimate goal is to reduce food insecurity by 22 percent by 2020.
 
The plan is expected to change each year as more exact data on hunger in the county develops.
 
"It's a very strong plan,” said Council member Berliner. “It puts our county absolutely going forward to say hunger in Montgomery County is not acceptable."
 
The first year in the plan will focus additional resources on serving low-income children.
 
Right now, 33,000 kids in Montgomery County are considered food insecure.

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