Dear Friend of Manna,

....and we are off! One glance at the Manna Food Center calendar for the month of October, and you can tell it is the fall season. Our Smart Sacks program is in full swing at 57 schools, including our in-school pantry at Harmony Hills Elementary, where more than 80% of students are low-income. Food drives have begun in earnest, as we stock our shelves for the holidays. For the first time we are also celebrating Community Food Rescue Week, raising awareness about hunger while offering hands-on activities to help #FeedMoreWasteLess.

Today in particular marks World Food Day, when the global community focuses attention on the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. We at Manna believe we have an important role to play in making that goal a reality. Our vision is a county where all people at all times have access to good food in welcoming spaces. We want Zero Hunger because food is a human necessity. We also believe that if all our neighbors are well-nourished, they'll be better able to contribute to creating a community where we all live in dignity.

Surrounding all Manna's activities is the reality that this is election season. This month I hosted a candidates' tour of Manna's warehouse, hoping to inform those who seek to represent us about the realities of food insecurity. I've met a lot of candidates recently, and I am grateful for the willingness of people from across the county and all parties to step up to serve. 

From the Board of Education to U.S. Senate, candidates will be chosen here in Maryland and across the nation on November 6. Early voting begins next week from October 25th to November 1st. If you are eligible to vote, please make plans to do so. For more information go to

I appreciate that you support Manna by donating food or funds and by volunteering. Please continue your civic duty by helping shape the leadership of our county, our state, and our country. To reach Zero Hunger our society will need to do more than share food, we'll need political will, which begins with voter participation. 

Thanks for all you do,

Countywide Food Drive - October 20th & 21st
Donate Food & Help Neighbors in Need!
Stop by your local Giant store on Saturday, October 20th & Sunday, October 21st to donate to Manna Food Center!  Not sure what to shop for? Check out Manna's Most Needed Items!

With your help, Manna Food Center can make sure our shelves are fully stocked for the holiday season!

We need volunteers to help staff our food drive at 27 area Giant stores. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to volunteer and helping those at risk of hunger in Montgomery County!
Happening Now! Community Food Rescue Week

Bring family and friends out for a food and fun-filled week of events to fight food waste and hunger in Montgomery County.

Community Food Rescue Week is October 13-20.  Community members can connect with Manna's growing Community Food Rescue network of farms, institutional kitchens, restaurants, grocers and other food businesses that are making a difference.

Come out for one of our events below:

Tuesday, October 16
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Founding Farmers Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 17
5pm - 7pm

Thursday, October 18
10am - 12pm

Thursday, October 18
6pm - 8:30pm
For more information, email Cheryl at

SAVE THE DATE: Giving Tuesday & Holiday Fundraising
Tuesday, November 27

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back to our neighbors and community. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is your chance to help those in need across our county. 

Imagine a county where no child, family, or senior goes hungry? Together we can make Montgomery County hunger free through financial support during the holiday season. 

If you're interested in hosting an online fundraiser via Facebook, please contact Michelle at We will give you all you need to run an impactful fundraiser online for Manna.

Kids Helping Kids Food Drive
Now until October 31st

Support the Kids Helping Kids anti-hunger campaign by donating at a participating school from now until October 31st. Kids Helping Kids mobilizes students in Montgomery County schools to raise food and funds for their hungry peers across the county. Participation in this food drive teaches children valuable lessons about hunger, engages them in giving, and shows them that they have the power to make a difference in their community. 

Check out Manna's Most Needed Food Items list for important items to collect for the drive. If your kid's school is not participating, you can drop off donations at Manna Food Center's warehouse, 9311 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, MD. 

*Please note, registration for Kids Helping Kids must be completed by a school Teacher or Administrator. Visit for more information.

Bethesda Magazine Feature: Feeding Our Neighbors

Manna CEO Jackie DeCarlo is featured in Bethesda Magazine!  Check out the September/October edition of the magazine to read a personal profile on Jackie and her work at Manna Food Center to fight hunger and feed hope for children and families across Montgomery County.  Read online .

Upcoming Culinary Nutrition Programs
at Manna's Community Kitchen

Register to attend The Oldways A Taste of African Heritage and A Taste of Latin Heritage programs.

These programs are designed to help people eat and live more healthfully through a traditional diet-specifically, to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based traditional foods, and to prepare more home-cooked healthy meals per week.

Adult learners of all interests and backgrounds are welcome! Participants in the cooking class program must be eligible to receive food from Manna.

A Taste of African Heritage
Every Tuesday
2:00 - 4:00 pm
October 9 th - November 13 th 2018
A Taste of Latin Heritage
Every Thursday (except November 22 nd)
2:00 - 4:00 pm
November 8 th - December 20 th 2018

Registration required. To register contact Madea Allen, Community Education Program Manager at or 240-268-2548.

Available Volunteer Opportunities: 

Food Distribution
Volunteers help, Mon-Fri from 9am-3pm, pack and sort food, bag produce and meat, assist clients to their car, and take in food donations.
Must be 17 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.  Click for more information.

Client Services Representative
Help log referrals by phone, fax, and email in to our database.  Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months.  English/Spanish bi-lingual skills are required. 
Shifts Currently Available: Day or Evening Floater (shift varies based on need)
Second Saturday of the Month, 10am-2pm (monthly commitment)
Email  Katie ( for more information.

Satellite Distribution Centers
Volunteers needed to help distribute prepacked boxes, assist clients to their car, and take in food donations. 

Wednesdays 3pm-7pm
Clifton Park Baptist Church (formerly Long Branch Satellite)

Fridays 1pm-4pm
East County Regional Service Center 
Must be 17 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.  Click for more information.

Food Runner
Join Community Food Rescue (CFR), Montgomery County's network for food recovery. Help deliver rescued food to area shelters.
Learn how you can help feed more and waste less at

For more information about these and any other volunteer opportunities visit our website .

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our  Donors
We extend a warm and sincere THANK YOU to all of the organizations and businesses 
that have donated food and funds between August 16, 2018 - July 15, 2018. 

Without your incredible generosity, we would not be able to feed families in our community. 

Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center
Americana Centre Condo, Inc.
Association of Legal Administrators
Bethesda Central Farmers' Market
Bethesda Chevy Chase Jewish Community Group
Bethesda Co-Op
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Central Farms Markets at Westfield Montgomery Mall
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Church of The Redeemer
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Clinton AME Zion Church
Colesville Presbyterian Church
DC Metro Sai Samsthan
First Fruits Farm
Fleet Feet Sports
Gaithersburg Chapter #5358 of AARP
Giant Food
Great American Restaurants
Greek Orthodox Church of St. George
Harris Teeter
Hermon Presbyterian Church
Kaiser Permanente
King Farm Community Garden
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Leisure World
MCPS Nutrition Services
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Montgomery County Master Gardeners

Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Employees FCU
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Moshman Charitable Fdn., Inc., The
Nasdaq OMX
Norman's Farm Markets
Olney Farmers & Artists' Market
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Progressions Salon
Response Tech
Rockville Farmers' Market
Sandy Spring Friends School
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Inc. 
St. Francis of Assisi Church
St. James Episcopal Church
State of Maryland
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
Tikvat Israel Congregation
Trader Joe's
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Unity Christ Church of Gaithersburg
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Watkins Pond Community Garden
Whole Foods Market

If we accidentally missed your business or organization in our list, please email   Therese Lampe  and we will make the correction in our next list.  We wish we could also list each of the individuals who contribute to Manna; thank you all again for your support!    
If you're interested in donating food, making a financial contribution, or volunteering, 
please contact us at :  
Manna Food Center
9311 Gaither Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 

Remember to support Manna through your workplace giving campaign.
United Way # 8846 - CFC # 23028 

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