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February 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2016
Contact: Anika B. Jackson, M-NCPPC Public Affairs, 301-952-4584
TTY: 301-952-4366

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT PRESENTS RESULTS OF FOOD STUDY TO THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY COUNCIL

Upper Marlboro, MD – On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will present to the Prince George’s County Council a summary of the “Prince George’s County Food System Study”, a report aimed at assessing County residents’ access to healthy food and recommendations for policies to help eliminate disparities.
 
Researchers surveyed hundreds of residents, conducted a number of focus groups, and surveyed County supermarkets and smaller food stores for healthy food availability.  Based on the research findings, the study shows that equitable access to healthy food in the most urbanized parts of Prince George’s County continues to be an issue, with residents experiencing difficulty accessing quality, nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food within a reasonable distance from where they live.
 
The study also found that County Public School meals could be much healthier; the number of people in the County who participate in federal food and nutrition assistance programs and local programs and food pantries is on the rise; and unequal access to affordable fresh foods has a direct effect on the health of the County’s residents, who experience higher than average rates of diet-related chronic diseases than other residents of the State of Maryland.   
 
More of the Food Study’s findings and policy recommendations will be presented to the County Council. Copies of the “Prince George’s County Food System Study” are also available on the M-NCPPC Prince George’s County Planning Department web site: http://www.pgplanning.org. For more information, contact the M-NCPPC Countywide Planning Division at 301-952-3680.

WHO:  
The Prince George’s County Planning Department
WHAT: Prince George’s Food System Study
WHEN: Prince George’s County Council Hearing
February 9, 2016
1:45 p.m.
WHERE: The County Administration Building
County Council Hearing Room, 1st Floor
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 


About the Prince George’s County Planning Department

The Prince George’s Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is responsible for preserving, protecting, and managing the County’s resources through high-quality planning services and growth management guidance. Visit our website, www.pgplanning.org, to learn how you can become engaged in shaping the future of your community.

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