Caroline’s Food Connection Project was selected by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) as the rural county recipient for their 2018 County Innovations Award.
Formed in 2004, the Caroline Food Connection uses food – including growing, processing, cooking, and sharing a meal – as a foundation to impart essential life skills. Program leaders teach Caroline County students and adults how to budget for and prepare healthy meals. The project provides job training for the hospitality industry, while also helping farmers diversify and launch value-added products. One in four children is food insecure in Caroline County, and this program helps address that staggering statistic by providing an additional source of food for at-risk residents, nutritional and life skills training, and job training opportunities.
In her acceptance remarks at the MACo Winter Conference, CCPS Director of Food Services Beth Brewster said, “Our success is based on our partnerships and collaborations through the board of education, Caroline County government and departments, local municipalities, the health department, social services, the University of Maryland extensions, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits working toward the greater good for our community.” She thanked the Caroline community leaders for their support and willingness to make positive changes, and the Food Connection team for taking a leap of faith for the good of the community.