Dear Friend of Manna,

The conventional wisdom is that the DMV is empty in August. No doubt many folks are on vacations, and with the new school schedule, not many MCPS buses have hit the roads. I know my inbox has been just a little less full this month, which I am not complaining about.

Still there is a kind of emptiness that is worrisome during the summer months: a decline in food donations. While our Master Gardener friends and Farm to Food Bank colleagues certainly offer bountiful produce, shelf-stable items (like canned items, whole grains and pasta, and baby formula) don't show up in the warehouse as much. That's in part because people are on vacation and not hosting as many food drives. 

Luckily our friends at 13 Giant Food stores and 137 volunteers stepped up for a special food drive on August 12th. At one location I ran into a warehouse volunteer receiving a donation from a member of our referral office team, not to mention a young girl earning SSL hours under the supervision of her dad. 

The community turned out for Manna and we are so grateful! 

Restocking our shelves gives us an important boost this time of year. Just as teachers, parents, and students are gearing up for classes, we are getting ready to restart the Smart Sacks program. Every Friday at 59 schools, our community partners deliver bags of healthy food for students to eat over the weekend so they can return to school on Monday ready to learn.

Thanks to supporters like you - food drive donors and volunteers, and Smart Sacks partners  - Manna is ending the summer season strong and ready for the busy fall ahead. Our team has also rested a bit and we are ready to help make Montgomery County Hunger Free, with your continued help!

Ending hunger, it's what we do,

Summer Food Drive A Sucess
Many thanks to our 137 volunteers who participated in our summer food drive on Sunday, August 12 at thirteen area Giant Food stores. The hard work of volunteers and Giant Food employees made all the difference. Manna received 11,120 pounds of food, with six stores collecting more than 1000 pounds in food:  Bethesda Row, Flower Hill, Goshen Crossing, Kingsview Village, Kentlands, and Potomac Promenade. We also want to give special thanks to Cabin John Giant for hosting an employee-led food drive and collecting over 300 pounds of food.

Summer is not over yet and it is still a critical time for neighbors in need. Together we can fight hunger and feed hope across Montgomery County.  If you'd like to host a food drive in your community, contact Mardia at or call 301-424-1130.

Community Food Rescue Cooks!


Over 147,000 tons of food is wasted each year in Montgomery County. Manna's Community Food Rescue (CFR) program combats food waste through a network of businesses, volunteers, and hunger relief organizations. CFR recovers, processes, and delivers food to local agencies serving people in need. Now that the new community kitchen at Silver Spring United Methodist Church is open, CFR is hosting regular cooking sessions to prepare meals from recovered food.

Join volunteers on Sundays or Mondays to make delicious meals and learn from amazing area chefs. Signup through KindWorks.

Upcoming Community Food Rescue Cooking Sessions:

Monday, Sept. 17 -- Guest Chef Stephen Toevs
Sunday, Sept. 20 -- Guest Chef Laura Bartholomew
Sunday, Oct. 14 -- Guest Chef Diego Fernandez
Monday, Oct. 29 -- Guest Chef Neil O'Connor

Community Kitchen Open House
September 12, 2018

Manna Food Center welcomes our current and potential East County partners to a Community Kitchen Open House!

We're excited to share our upcoming cooking programs for adults A Taste of African Heritage Program  and  A Taste of Latin Heritage Cooking Program .

While sampling delicious cultural foods, come learn how we teach health and nutrition through the mastery of culinary skills. Sign-up to attend.

Questions? Contact Madea Allen, Community Education Program Manager at

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. 

Tuesdays 3pm-7pm
Glenmont United Methodist Church

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 June 16, 2018 - July 15, 2018. 

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

Ahmaddiya Muslim Community
Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center
Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center
Bethesda Central Farmers' Market
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Capital Area Food Bank
Central Farms Markets at Westfield       Montgomery Mall
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Cliff and Deborah White Family Fund
Clinton AME Zion Church
Coldwell Banker
Community Pool Service
DC Metro Sai Samsthan
Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Fields Road E.S.
First Baptist Church of Rockville
First Fruits Farm
Giant Food
Girl Scout Troop #4651
Grady Management
Harmony Hills E.S.
Harris Teeter
Healthcare Initiative Foundation
Jewish War Vet. Ladies Aux.
Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Kaiser Permanente
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Laytonsville Lion's Club
Leisure World
Leisure World (Overlook)
Living Faith Lutheran Church
MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc.
Mead Family Foundation
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Board
Montgomery County Master Gardeners
Morgan Stanley
Norman's Farm Markets
Olney Farmers & Artists' Market
Olney HELP
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Pepco, an Exelon Company
Posner-Wallace Foundation
Potomac Presbyterian Church
Response Tech
Rockville Farmers' Market
Rockville HELP
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
SEBA Gardens
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Sodexo Foundation, Inc.
St. Francis Episcopal Church
St. Raphael Catholic Church
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
The Bargain Box Thrift & Consignment Shop
The Cleaning Authority
The Joseph and Mary Beth DiPrima Family   Charitable Fund
Trader Joe's
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
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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