The Southern Maryland Food Council is made up of key regional food stakeholders (such as anti-hunger groups, educators, gardeners, farmers, environmental non-profits, social service workers, retail stores, interested citizens, etc). The Council is focused on enhancing the sustainability and health of the environment, economy and communities in the Southern Maryland region through stakeholder networking, project planning and development. In the next year, the Council plans to address issues of food accessibility to hungry and under-served communities, agricultural sustainability, resource conservation, community education and regulation efficacy.
The Food Council’s work will impact food security and agricultural sustainability throughout the entire state of Maryland, but will specifically target the Southern Maryland and DC regions.
The Southern Maryland Food Council is currently administered by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission [SMADC], created to compliment SMADC’s existing work in promoting sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship and accessibility to local, nutritious food in the five southern counties of Maryland (Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s).
The Southern Maryland Food Council is not a legal entity and is composed entirely of volunteers and food policy advocates. Currently, the Food Council has no funding, although outside sources of funding may be available.