Dear Supporter,
The Current Situation
For the estimated 63,000 people who regularly experience hunger and food insecurity in Montgomery County, COVID-19 presents unique challenges. Our low-income families, particularly seniors on fixed incomes, often don't have the resources to stockpile groceries and supplies. They certainly don’t have the ability to weather the two week self-quarantine that the CDC recommends as a crucial step in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

As schools and child care centers close, student access to free and reduced-price meals is compromised. Additionally, the 3,070 students who typically receive a healthy Smart Sacks bag are in danger of not having that food resource over the weekends. Parents may have to forego work in order to be with their children at home, losing essential wages. Unfortunately, that is the reality right now for many neighbors who live pay check-to-pay check.

We need your help to ensure that Manna can purchase the supplies needed to respond to these primary and secondary hardships our neighbors are preparing to confront.

Our Resources Are Low
Between a drop in food donations, greater need to purchase food, and mounting operational expenses, we anticipate $50,000 in additional costs.

How You Can Help
Manna Food Center is committed to continuing our service to low-income families, kids, and seniors for as long as possible, but we can’t do it without support.

The best way to help us is to donate money , not food . Our wholesale buying power will stretch your dollar and ensure that we are buying as much of the most useful food items available. It will also give the us the cash flow to do things like compensate staff fairly who are working over-time across the county. Having financial resources gives our leadership flexibility to scale up our response in a variety of ways.

Join us in the fight to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry during this difficult time. We will all get through this together.
P.S. As the situation changes, Manna may have additional needs for volunteer help and community support. Please check our website and follow our social media to stay up to date on new ways you can help!