House Bill 831/Senate Bill 723 established the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council. This multiagency, collaborative effort engages experts in food resiliency across Maryland in an effort to enhance efforts to address food insecurity issues across the state.
The Maryland Food System Resiliency Council is a formally appointed body which meets regularly to address issues of food resilience. These meetings are open to the public and all meeting announcements, along with instructions for accessing the meetings virtually, are below. Inquiries about the workgroup should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background of the Issue
Food security means all individuals, at all times, have both physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet dietary needs for normal growth and a productive and healthy life. In order for a household to be considered food secure, food must be available, accessible, and each individual in the household must be able to reliably utilize the food they obtain. Food insecurity is a global, national, and local issue. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 35.2 million individuals lived in food-insecure households and, of these, households with children had a substantially higher rate of food insecurity than those without. Food insecurity is a socially-rooted and systemic issue and has only increased in prevalence since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting approximately 23% of U.S. households in 2020.
Food insecurity is a complex issue with no single cause, but crises, shocks, and stressors- both natural and human-made- have the potential to exacerbate insecurity and cause considerable short- and long-term damage to our global, national, and local food systems. A resilient food system is able to withstand and recover from disruptions to the supply chain in a way that empowers communities and ensures sufficient and sustainable supply of acceptable and accessible food for all.
The goals of the Council include:
The Council will produce the following documents which will lay the foundation for the future of food resilience in Maryland.
November 1, 2021 - Interim Report to the Maryland General Assembly:
November 1, 2021 - A Strategic Plan that outlines ways of:
November 1, 2022 - A Report to the Maryland General Assembly recommending:
Additional reports annually to the Maryland General Assembly
The Council is co-chaired by the Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Russ Strickland and a member of the Council to be voted upon during the Council’s first meeting.
In addition to the co-chairs, the council has three co-vice chairs:
Members of the Council serve a three-year term. Representing organizations across the spectrum of food resilience, the members of the Council collaborate to achieve the goals and outcomes prescribed by law.
A full list of members will be available soon.
Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Maryland Food System Resiliency Council Meeting Notice
Maryland Food Security Resilience Council Draft Agenda
Check back for past meeting documents
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