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County Offers Mini-Grants for Food Security Organizations; Applications Due September 3

County Offers Mini-Grants for Food Security Organizations

Applications Due September 3

Effective August 1, community organizations involved with food security issues can apply for mini-grants from the county that range from $2,000 to $10,000. Tax-exempt organizations applying for the mini-grants can use the funding to improve direct service or assistance to vulnerable populations.

The application deadline is Tuesday, September 3.

Information and the application form are available online. Questions can be directed to Diana Tato-Niktash at 240-777-3404 or by email to

# # # Media Contact: Mary Anderson, 240-777-6534

Free farmer’s market “checks” for low-income seniors in Montgomery County

Free farmer’s market “checks” worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on July 9 at 10:00 a.m. The checks are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $23,107 (family of one).

The checks may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2019.

The lottery for the checks will be held at the following locations:

• Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring

  • • Bemjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg
  • • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton
  • • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
  • • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville
  • • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda
  • • White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring
  • For more information, call 240-777-3810.

  • County Launches 24/7 Homeless Information Line

    County Launches 24/7 Homeless Information Line The County’s Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with EveryMind, has launched a 24/7 Homeless Information Line, with trained specialists to provide information on County homeless services and shelter resources.  Callers can also provide information about the location of individuals in the community experiencing homelessness.  The reports will be forwarded to community outreach partners who will attempt to locate the individual and offer support and resources. The information line number is 240-907-2688.

    A word from our Prevention Coordinator on Opioids

    According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid related overdose every day. Opioids, a class of drugs that act on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to relax the body and relieve pain, are often described as licit (e.g. prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine), illicit (e.g. heroin) and synthetic (e.g. man-made drugs such as methadone, fentanyl, tramadol). Synthetic opioids are manufactured using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients, resulting most times in higher potency. A drug that is considered highly potent requires only a small amount to give the desired effect. Click here to read more

    Free Tax Preparation for households with incomes of $55,000 or less

    Free Tax-Preparation Montgomery County’s Community Action Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax-preparation services to Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $55,000 or less. VITA is now scheduling appointments for the upcoming tax season. Appointments are available from January 22 to April 15 in Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, East County, Wheaton and Germantown. Call 240-777-1123 or visit this website to schedule an appointment.
    NEW! Schedule Your Appointment Today!
    • Gaithersburg: Mondays, 3:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, 3 – 8 pm
    • Rockville: Wednesdays, 11 am – 8 pm
    • East County: Thursdays, 11 am – 4 pm
    • Wheaton: Fridays, 11 am – 4 pm
    CAA VITA Days at Additional Locations:

    Montgomery County has established a new web portal for those impacted by the partial federal government shutdown

    Montgomery County has established a new web portal where federal employees and contractors who live in the County, and who are impacted by the partial federal government shutdown, can go to find assistance provided by various organizations throughout the County

    The Federal Shutdown Assistance Portal be found on this county webpage

    Nonprofit and Community Resources for Montgomery County Residents Impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown

    A Wider Circle has created a dedicated fund to support those who are financially impacted by the shutdown with food and other household essentials.  Visit their website or call 301-608-3504 for more information.

    Interfaith Works aids families in crisis and those potentially facing homelessness.  Updated assistance information tailored to those impacted by the government shutdown will be posted on the organization’s web page.  Visit their website or call 301-762-8682, for more information.

    Manna Food Center is at the center of ending hunger in the County. Visit Manna’s website, for a full list of their programs, food distribution sites and drop off locations.  Individuals wishing to donate can go to or call 301-424-1130.

    The Capital Area Food Bank is holding a free pop-up market to distribute free produce and groceries to government employees and contractors affected by the shutdown.  Up to 250 people can receive food with a valid ID or federal contractor ID.  On Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, the pop-up market will be located at Giant Food located at 12051 Rockville Pike. The organization has set a goal of providing 300,000 extra meals through fund raising efforts.  For more information visit .

    Shepherd’s Table is in downtown Silver Spring and is prepared to serve federal workers or anyone in need of nutritious meals or clothing.  Their dining room is open every day and all are welcome.  For more information visit their website or call 301-585-6463.

    Women Who Care Ministries in Montgomery Village can provide food assistance for five to seven days. For more information, visit their website or call 301-963-8588.

    The County’s Health and Human Services Eviction Prevention Program provides crisis intervention assistance to qualified individuals and families.  This includes emergency financial assistance and/or shelter to families and adults who are homeless or at high risk of losing housing.  The program also provides help for overdue utility payments and welfare avoidance grants are available for eligible temporary cash assistance applicants.  Visit or call 311.

    The Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs in the County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs can provide mediation assistance for tenants and landlords.  For more information call 311.

    The County’s Office of Consumer Protection can provide advice to resident on their rights and ability to cancel contracts. For more information call 311.

    Unemployment Insurance Applications

    If you are a federal employee and have been furloughed as a result of the federal shutdown, you may file for unemployment using the Federal Civilian Employee Application for Benefits or you may call 410-853-1700 or contact an unemployment insurance claim center.

    Manna Food Center Announces a Temporary Waiver on Income Requirements for Montgomery County Residents Impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown

     Manna Food Center (Manna) is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown. Residents are encouraged to contact Manna as soon as possible to begin receiving food through regular distribution channels.   “Our doors are open and we are ready to welcome all residents in need,” said Jackie DeCarlo, chief executive officer at Manna Food Center. “We recognize that many government employees, contractors, and service industry employees that support our Federal agencies are experiencing financial strain from the shutdown. We are extending our services to individuals and families as a way to lighten the burden and give residents hope in these uncertain times.”

      Montgomery County residents can request food assistance by contact Manna at 301-424-1130. Participants will be provided with approximately 60 pounds of food every 30 days. Manna offers several food pickup locations on specific days during the week and every Monday thru Friday at Manna’s warehouse (9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877).

      DeCarlo notes that County agencies, elected officials, and non-profits are stepping up to meet the growing financial need. Manna’s Community Food Rescue program is one of several groups providing food for Councilmember Tom Hucker’s community potluck being held tonight. Multiple food runners will be picking up food from area restaurants to deliver to the potluck.

      Residents interested in supporting Manna’s extended services should visit for volunteer or giving opportunities.

    Mobile Food Market at Montgomery College

    The Montgomery College Student Health & Wellness Center for Success’s Mobile Market provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods as part of a partnership between Montgomery College and the Capital Area Food Bank. Food availability is based on a first-come, first serve basis. Bring bags to carry food. No proof of eligibility required..

    The food is distributed on campus at no cost to students, faculty/staff and the community. See this flyer for dates and times:




    Carmen Poston Travis (240) 567-5253

    Benita Rashaw (240) 567-4389

    County Offers Mini-Grants for Food Security Organizations; Applications Due September 4

    County Offers Mini-Grants for Food Security

    Organizations; Applications Due September 4

    Community organizations involved with food security issues are urged to apply for mini-grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to improve capacity and infrastructure dedicated to increasing food security or to support inventive and collaborative approaches to reducing food insecurity. Tax-exempt organizations applying for the mini-grants can use the funding for direct service or assistance to vulnerable populations; this may involve meal preparation, distribution, transportation and/or delivery. The funding may also be used for recovery of food that is good to eat but otherwise would be wasted. The County’s vision for food security is a community where all residents have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food.

    Funding for the grant program is included in the FY19 operating budget for the County’s Department of Health and Human Services. Organizations can apply independently or in collaboration with other groups.

    Applications are due by close of business on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. For information about application guidelines and to complete an online application, visit . Questions can be directed to Diana Tato-Niktash at 240-777-3404 or by email to

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    Media Contact: Mary Anderson, 240-777-6534

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