MARYLAND FOOD SYSTEM RESILIENCY COUNCIL

Co-Chair: Russell J. Strickland, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Co-Chair (chosen by Council, 1-year term): Heather B. Bruskin

Co-Vice-Chair: Mark S. Powell, designee of Secretary of Agriculture
Co-Vice-Chair: Mischelle A. Williams, designee of Secretary of Human Services
Co-Vice-Chair: Stephanie A. Lansing, Ph.D., designee of Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park

Appointed by Senate President: Katie Fry Hester

Appointed by House Speaker: Lorig Charkoudian

Appointed by Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency to 3-year terms: Daphene Altema-Johnson; Amanda (Beth) Brewster; Heather B. Bruskin; Heather C. Buritsch; Sydney Daigle; Brenda K. DiCarlo; Holly Freishtat; Lisa Lachenmayr; Adam LaRose; Dena Leibman; Nancy Nunn; Anne Palmer; Les Richardson; Berran L. Rogers, Jr.; Theresa Stahl; Diana Taylor; Chloe Waterman; Janice Wiles; Michael J. Wilson. Terms expire 2024.

Ex officio: Wade A. Haele, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Stephen R. McHenry, Executive Director, Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corp.; Jeremy V. Criss, designee of Executive Director, Maryland Farm Bureau.

Staff: Anna L. Sierra

c/o Maryland Emergency Management Agency
State Emergency Operations Center
Camp Fretterd Military Reservation, 5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
(443) 381-2467
e-mail: anna.sierra1@maryland.gov


Interim Report to General Assembly on key findings & activities of Council due Nov. 1, 2021 (Chapters 724 & 725, Acts of 2021).

Report to General Assembly on its recommendations for long-term structure of a statewide food policy council due Nov. 1, 2022 (Chapters 724 & 725, Acts of 2021).

Annual Report to General Assembly on key findings & activities of Council due Nov. 1, beginning 2023 (Chapters 724 & 725, Acts of 2021).


In May 2021, the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council was established by the General Assembly (Chapters 724 & 725, Acts of 2021).

For at least two years, the Council is to meet regularly to address food insecurity in the State relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic crisis.

The Council will coordinate State and local food insecurity services; track and analyze data to produce a statewide map of food insecurity that identifies gaps in service; and leverage federal and private grants and resources to alleviate food insecurity. The Council also will advise on how to best allocate resources and increase efficiency to fight food insecurity; and explore the possibilities of the federal community eligibility provision in ensuring all school-age children are fed. Further, the Council is to develop long-term recommendations to increase the sustainability and resilience of Maryland's food system. The recommendations are to address and eliminate racial inequities and diet-related public health disparities in the food system; do away with food deserts; reduce food waste; and increase recycling. Also, a strategic plan to increase food production and procurement of local food will be developed by the Council.

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