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Montgomery County is offering grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to community organizations working with food security issues, according to a press release.

The grants are intended to assist organizations to improve capacity and infrastructure, or “to support inventive and collaborative approaches to reducing food insecurity.”

Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations can also use the grants for assistance to the populations they serve, including preparing meals, distribution and delivery, or recovering food that would otherwise be wasted.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Solid Waste Services, 147,000 tons of food (nearly 23 percent of the total) is included in the county’s solid waste.

Organizations may apply for the funds, which are part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ FY19 budget, individually or in collaboration with other groups.

Applications, which can be completed online, are due by the close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 4; preference will be given to organizations requesting $5,000 or less.

For questions or more information, contact Diana Tato-Niktash at 240.777.3404 or by email.

County Offering Grants to Assist with Food Security Issues