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Our accomplishments

The Food Equity Council has leveraged diverse partners to address issues like local food and agriculture business development and improved standards and permitting processes for farmers markets that positively affect all residents of Prince George’s County.

Our work with partners and County Council has led to significant policy accomplishments and growing recognition of Prince George’s County as a state and regional leader in progressive and fair food, farm, and health policy.  

Specifically, the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council has:

  • Convened stakeholders and worked with partners to substantially reduce and streamline farmers market permitting fees and processes and successfully advocated for legislation to extend the operating hours and days of markets
  • Partnered with the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement to establish and provide technical assistance to a Farmers Market Liaison
  • Researched, drafted, and successfully advocated for the Food Truck Hub Program Legislation and actively serves as the chairing organization of the Healthy and Safe Food Subcommittee of the program’s Oversight Committee
  • Convened stakeholders to draft and share promising practices for Urban Agriculture Property Tax Credit Legislation
  • Ensured key positions providing critical support services to County farmers maintained funding
  • Partnered with Maryland Hunger Solutions to support the passage of the Maryland Hunger Free Schools Act of 2015 Legislation
  • Raised awareness of Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Universal Breakfast Programs through three Hear the Maryland Crunch events
  • Hosted three Food Equity Forums to bring together over 150 County residents to discuss critical County-level food policy issues
  • Convened stakeholders to successfully advocate for $50,000 to be refunded to SNAP to Health Program in FY 2016 and FY 2017 to assist County farmers markets in accepting SNAP/EBT
  • Co-hosted a roundtable discussion with the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation on local food and agriculture business development and innovation
  • Researched, drafted, organized stakeholders and residents, and successfully advocated for the Urban Farm Definition Amendment to expand urban farming in the County into residential zones
  • Created resources, branded, and launched a website for Prince George’s County’s urban farming initiative, “Bloomin’ PGC”
  • Provided expert feedback and model tool on food, farming, and public health uses and hosted a tour of urban agriculture sites for the Planning Department’s Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Team
  • Partnered to launch a food justice focused event and coalition for communities affected by grocery store closures in the 20743 zip code
  • Successfully advocated for a $25,000 County Council Non-Departmental Grant to support FEC’s work in FY 2017

The Food Equity Council is increasingly seen as a leader in food policy at the state and regional level. We have been invited to present at statewide and regional conferences on our advocacy efforts to promote progressive food, farm, and health policy and are frequently asked to share best practices with new food councils as a model council.

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