Presented by The Healthier Choices Coalition
Ready for what's next, Howard County?
Help us make change happen.
This summer, we’re making fresh, affordable produce the norm.
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Our initiatives:
More available and affordable produce:
The cost of healthy meals is going up, especially for those on a tight budget. Help us make fruit and vegetables more available to residents enrolled in federal food programs like SNAP and WIC. We can double their produce dollars at farmers’ markets and in the grocery store checkout lines.

Howard County is far behind other Maryland counties when it comes to accepting federal food programs at farmers’ markets — where dollars for fresh, local produce can be matched by the state. Not only do we have an opportunity to catch up, we can be among the first counties in Maryland to bring fresh produce to under-resourced neighborhoods via mobile markets. Why stop there? We can be outright leaders in the effort to deliver healthy food to kids in child care settings.

Improved school meals:
Prior to COVID-19, the school system was on the right track toward serving our children a variety of healthier, tastier and fresher food. As a result, the percentage of students eating school breakfast and lunch skyrocketed. Since then, we’ve slipped. Our children deserve better. It’s time to prioritize serving better food to kids in our schools.

Fair warnings, better beverages: 
Just one regular-sized soda, sports drink or juice drink often contains more added sugar than our recommended daily limit – raising our risk of diabetes, heart disease and more. Let’s do more to warn Howard Countians of this fact and add a warning label directly to products or near the point of purchase. Switching your drink is easier when you have all the information at hand.
We can make fresh produce more accessible and affordable for all of Howard County. You can help us.
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About The Healthier Choices Coalition

The Healthier Choices Coalition believes we can make change happen in Howard County – change that will make healthier food and drink more widely available, accessible, and affordable for our neighbors, families and friends. We are Howard County residents, both individuals and members of the following civic, faith, and health organizations
Howard County Housing Commission
Healthy Little Cooks
JustLiving Advocacy, Inc.
Continental Societies, Inc. – Columbia, MD Chapter
Life Change AME Church Health and Wellness Ministry
Psi Omega Alumni Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity
Black Student Achievement Program – HCPSS
Swansfield Elementary
B. FLY Collective
AACR – African American Community Roundtable
The Columbia (MD) Chapter of the Links, Inc.

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