Dear friend of Manna,
 
A couple weeks ago, members of Manna Food Center's management team participated in a Nonprofit Montgomery training designed to help not-for-profits demonstrate our impact to supporters like you.    If Manna is going to succeed at our mission, we have to check in on our progress using professional tools.  Our class discussed "mixed methods" approaches, which may sound a little wonky, but really comes down to drawing from a variety of techniques to track and evaluate our work.
 
Like so many of our peers, Manna is pretty good at counting outputs like the number of pounds rescued or the number of Smart Sacks bags distributed.  To be truly participant-centered AND data-driven, we also need to communicate with those we serve.  That's one of the reasons why this year we've teamed up with Gandhi Brigade Youth Media  to create a video with a collection of interviews with staff, volunteers, and people receiving food.
 
I'm delighted to share with you this video, which you'll also be able to access on our website, through our Facebook page and on YouTube.  Please take a look and listen.
Manna on a Mission
Manna on a Mission
Not only will you learn why people turn to Manna but also what kind of support they receive.  You'll also learn about our plans for the future in our quest for a Hunger Free MoCo.  You'll also be inspired by the hopeful perspective, with Bertha reminding us that "It's going to be alright." 
 
We agree with Bertha, and with your support  Manna will continue to evaluate and evolve our programs to meet our mission of eliminating hunger in our community.
 
Jackie
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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 March 16, 2017 - April 15, 2017. 

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

AARP
Adventist Health Care
Amazing Art Studio
American Psychological Association
As Kindred Spirits
Asbury Communities
Aveda Salon & Spa
Be You Spa
Beth Shalom Congregation
Bethesda Co-Op
Bloomberg BNA
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Burness Communications
Burnt Mills E.S.
Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church
Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Champion Boxing & Fitness
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
   LS Sunshine Committee
Chazin & Company
Chevy Chase E.S.
Child Development Center
   Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Church of The Redeemer
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Clyde's of Georgetown
Coastal Flats
Color Me Mine Rockville
Community Pool Service
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
Congregation Har Shalom
Department of Finance
   Montgomery County
Earth Treks Climbing
First Baptist Church of Rockville
Folk'n Great Music
Food Recovery Network Inc.
Form & Function Fitness
French International School
Gaithersburg Chinese Alliance Church
GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
General Mills
Giant Food
Girl Scout Troop #5507
Global Mission Church
Great American Restaurants
Great Seneca Creek E.S.
GrillMarx Steakhouse
Harris Family Foundation
Harris Teeter
Ikona Photography
Inter-Faith Chapel Mission Committee
IPic Theatres
Jeff Miller Consulting Alliance
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Jewish War Vet. Ladies Aux.
Johnsons Florist & Gardening Centers
Journey's Crossing Congregation
Joyful Baths
Kaiser Permanente
Kemp Mill E.S.
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Leisure World Chapter of Na' Amat
Living Faith Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
Marilu's Designs
Matan Companies
MNCPPC
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Agriculture Fair
Montgomery County Employees FCU
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Board
Montgomery Soccer Inc.
Nasdaq OMX
National Council of Jewish Women
Newseum
Northwest Golf Course
Norwood School
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Olney Help
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Potomac E.S.
ProShare Advisors LLC
Response Tech
Restoration Church of Maryland
Richard Montgomery HS Choral Program
Roots
Roundhouse Theatre Bethesda
Safeway
Sage Yoga
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Seasons 52
Sergeant's Fitness Boot Camp Program
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Shadowland Laser Tag
Shrine of St. Jude
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Sodexo Foundation
Somerset E.S.
Soupergirl
St. Jane De Chantal Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
State of Maryland
Strathmore Music Center
TD Charitable Foundation
Temple Emanuel
Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism
The Adventure Park
The Arena Stage
The Cheesecake Factory
The Community Foundation
   National Capital Region
The Spy Museum
Tikvat Israel Congregation
Town of Chevy Chase
Trader Joe's
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
Washington Sikh Center
Wegmans
Wells Fargo Foundation
Whole Foods Market
Woodley Garden Club

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 
301-424-1130

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

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