In 2015, a team from Western Maryland was awarded a grant from the Town Creek Foundation to form the Western Maryland Food Council (WMFC). This project is an effort to develop the local food system in Western Maryland, and it follows on several years of work by people in Garrett County, University of Maryland Extension, Garrett County Economic Development, Frostburg Grows, Frostburg State University, Western Maryland RC&D and others.
Town Creek Foundation (TCF) supports the development of food councils in Maryland to help achieve goals of systemic change for sustainability, improved quality of the Chesapeake Bay, and efforts to address climate change. TCF supports sustainable agriculture and local food as a means to contribute in positive ways to all of these goals. This strategic plan will guide the formation of the Western Maryland Food Council. Grant funds for the WMFC are administered by Western Maryland RC&D.