Local businesses in Montgomery County partner to raise $500,000 to fight hunger

FOOD INSECURITY | Local businesses in Maryland are teaming up with the Community Foundation for Montgomery County to raise money to support the ‘Food is Medicine’ program, which helps diabetic patients receive fresh fruits and vegetables. (Bethesda Beat, 6/4)

The group launched its efforts Friday at an event in Rockville. The businesses plan to contribute the money to The Community Foundation of Montgomery County as a way to help the county meet the goals of its 2016 Food Security Plan.

“Many of the plan’s recommendations remain underfunded, and limited grant funds leave little room for pilot programs that have potential to make an impact,” Shondra Jenkins, co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger and executive director of Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, said in a statement. “Hunger is a problem too big for one organization to solve alone. Business Leaders Fighting Hunger will help close this funding by infusing much needed new dollars into Montgomery County’s neediest communities.”

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | This infographic shows why the US government is better at subsidizing housing for wealthy people at the expense of low-income communities. (Yes! Magazine, 6/4)

NONPROFITS | A recent study found that when founders leave their organizations, extending the founder’s role in the transition can lead to more success for the new CEO. (Chronicle, 6/5 – Subscription needed)

– The Opportunity Agenda and Unidos US have compiled research to identify narratives about communities of color that are fear-based in order to develop counter messages that can persuade people to embrace diversity as a foundational value. (Opportunity Agenda, 8/17)

– Juneteenth is 14 days away. Will you be joining WRAG in acknowledging this important day in American history? (Daily, 5/21)

ENVIRONMENT“Green Streets” keep streams and rivers safe. So why are some communities rejecting them? (GGWash, 6/1)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC officials have recently talked more about how to address gun violence in the city, but activists say that fully funding the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act (which was passed two years ago) is the first step. (The Hill, 6/4)

HEALTHCAREHow a reshaped Virginia legislature learned to love Medicaid expansion (WaPo, 6/4)

The tale of a missing bunny in Arlington…

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