Montgomery County is tackling hunger with a five-year food security plan.
Right now, it’s estimated 78,000 residents are unsure where they will get their next meal, but the first step in the plan is making sure this number is accurate.
Chief Innovation Officer Dan Hoffman said the most at-risk areas include East County, Wheaton and pockets of Germantown and Gaithersburg.
The goal is to reduce the food insecure population by 22 percent in three years.
“In year one, what we really want to do is set the table to have a more informed conversation about where we should do targeted interventions,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman said this is the first time in the county a single plan addresses methods for the public and private sectors to reduce hunger.
It will be considered by the Montgomery County Council during the upcoming budget process.