New web tool launched to help fight hunger

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Montgomery County‘s war against hunger took another step forward on Tuesday at the Food Security Meeting.

This meeting centered around the launch of a brand new online platform capable of showing who is suffering from food insecurity and specifically where.

The platform is called Food Stat and will help churches, government agencies and non-profit groups analyze their community’s access to food.

Leaders at the meeting also announced plans for new tax credits to encourage hunters and farmers to turn in their extra food as opposed to letting it go to waste.

“We can actually get down to particular apartment buildings that have subsidized housing units in them and we can really look at census tracked level data with a laser like focus to see where our efforts would be most beneficial,” said Manna Food Center Director of Programs Jenna Umbriac.

According to officials with the Manna Food Center and the Montgomery County Food Council, more than 70,000 Montgomery County residents suffer from some form of food insecurity.

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