Dear Friend of Manna,
Over the last month we have had tons happening in and around Manna.  From food rescuing and sharing at our warehouse and satellites, to food drives, farmers markets and events, from answering calls in the referral office to sorting and packing food in the after hours, from packing Smart Sacks bags to cutting veggies for kids on Manny,  we could never make the impact we do without one consistent thread... our cherished, tireless volunteers.  We are and will always be so grateful for the countless ways our community volunteers with us.  Here are a few images of our volunteers in action.  Wont you join me in saying....

Heroes Among Us
Manna kicked of our 35th Anniversary celebrations at the Historic Fillmore in Silver Spring earlier this month.  We are honored to be able to celebrate our Heroes, share our story with nearly 200 friends and toast to the future of Manna.  
Heroes Against Hunger Honorees, Sponsors and Guests having a great time.
T hanks to our wonderful event sponsors for making the night memorable.  We are grateful for your support.
Why We Break Bread
Jim*, a community non-profit leader, started off his time in the kitchen with hesitancy and skepticism. For a special meeting of Breaking Bread at the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church a group of 16 individuals in the Gaithersburg area came together to cook, eat, and converse about ways they can personally address hunger in their community. On the menu - Vegan Gumbo - a hearty bean, green pepper, mushroom, and okra stew flavored with Cajun spices and hearty miso paste. To start off the conversations, everyone had to pair up and start chopping. Jim paired with *David, a local cook and
Nutrition Educator Madea and Jackie making gumbo
recipient of Manna services. Both discussed the places they were born, what their favorite food memory was, and what they used to eat when they were children. David bolstered up Jim's confidence in the kitchen by complimenting his knife skills, and soon both were trading off the vegetable preparation responsibility.  After the stew was set to simmer and was served to all the members, Jim, David, and the other members of the group gathered to read scenarios of local people who use the services of Nourish Now, Gaithersburg HELP, and Manna Food Center (the co-organizers of this event). The group dove deeper into why food insecurity exists in our community by pin pointing several factors that make our community vulnerable; our neighborhood, economic status and stability, and education and health care access. These social determinants of health  wove through every situation, and by changing them we can change the course of food insecurity for ourselves and our neighbors. Jim committed to supporting more efforts surrounding accessible community gardens, and David decided to start talking to more members in his community. A couple other members committed to either researching, supporting, or establishing other Gaithersburg projects to work at the social determinants for our neighbors in need, and bringing back this knowledge to their non-profits, organizations, churches, and homes.
When we make space to talk about these deeper topics, we often feel as though the conversation is unfinished. Many community members left  lunch feeling like we could have continued to talk, propose solutions, and make commitments for hours. Borrowing words from a fellow lunch-goer and Director of Gaithersburg HELP, Margo Goldman,
  "I was surprised by how much I benefited from the discourse and fellowship. We all got to talk to people who we would not necessarily meet and eat with, and we are the richer for that."
There are many ways to help our community, and much that we can learn from one another. Each one of us has experiences that we can pull from to help another person. Continuing the Conversation happens on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4pm at Manna's warehouse, 9311 Gaither Rd in Gaithersburg and we always have light snacks and refreshments.
*names have been changed to protect participants privacy
NBC Supports Community Food Rescue
The Foundation and NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations are proud to announce that a total of nearly $2.5 million in Project Innovation grants were presented to 62 non-profits during the program's inaugural year. The winning organizations were selected by the stations for their outstanding programs that leverage technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming. Locally, the stations awarded up to $225,000 in Project Innovation grants to a maximum of eight qualified non-profit organizations in each of their markets. 
In our Washington DC market, our very own Community Food Rescue was awarded $50,000 to continue the good work of rescuing an d sharing food in an innovative way to benefit our community. 
Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to driving creativity and helping organizations use technology to develop solutions to everyday challenges in our communities. In addition to the award, Manna and our wonderful volunteers were also featured on the local news. In case you missed it, c heck out the announcement  here .
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.
distro volunteers 2015
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)
 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10am-2pm 
(monthly commitment)
Email Katie  for more info
Satellite Distribution Centers
Volunteers help Tuesdays at Glenmont United Methodist Church, Wednesdays at Clifton Park Baptist Church (formerly Long Branch Satellite) from 3pm-7pm,  and Fridays at
East County Regional Service Center
distributing prepacked boxes, assisting clients to their car, and taking in food donations. 
Must be 17 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.
Food Runner
Join Community Food Rescue (CFR), Montgomery County's network for food recovery. Help deliver rescued food to area shelters.
Click here to learn how you can help feed more and waste less.

For more information about these and any other volunteer opportunities visit our  website .
Volunteer with   the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, this weekend April 28th and 29th at select Giant stores in the area. Click here 

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 February 16, 2018 - April 15, 2018. 

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

AT&T Government Solutions
Bethesda Co-Op
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
B'nai Israel Congregation
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Bullis School
Capital Area Food Bank
Capital Bank
Capital One Bank, Germantown Town Center
Career Opportunities Group, Inc.
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Chazin & Company
Chevy Chase E.S.
Christ Episcopal Church
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Church of The Redeemer
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Clinton AME Zion Church
Colesville Presbyterian Church
Colesville United Methodist Men
Color Me Mine Rockville
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
DC Metro Sai Samsthan
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Emory Grove United Methodist Church
Feeding America
French International School
Gaithersburg Chapter #5358 of AARP
Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church
Geneva Day School
Giant Food
Girl Scout Troop #4818
Global Mission Church
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Greg Gannon Food Drive
Harris Family Foundation
Harris Teeter
Herson's Honda
Jewish Residents of Leisure World
Jewish War Vet. Ladies Aux.
Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Kaiser Permanente
Kirby Family Fund
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Legal & General America
Leisure World
Little Bennett E.S.
Living Faith Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
Maryland Hunger Solutions
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Employees FCU
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Board
Nasdaq OMX
National Council of Jewish Women
Or Haolam Ministries, Inc.
Otsuka America Pharmeceutical, Inc.
Penzey Spice Company
Progressions Salon
Response Tech
Ritchie Park Elementary School
River Road Unitarian Universalist Church
Roberto Clemente M.S.
Rockville H.S.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Sandy Spring Friends School
Seneca Community Church
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Sheldor Charitable Fund
Shepherd's Table
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Snyder Cohn, PC
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
Sodexo Foundation
Sodexo Inc. & Affiliates
Somerset E.S.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
St. Jane De Chantal Church
St. Jude's Catholic Church/Shrine of St. Jude
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Paul United Methodist Church
State of Maryland
Sunflower Bakery
TD Charitable Foundation
Temple Beth Ami
Temple Emanuel
Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism
The Bargain Box Thirft & Consignment Shop
Tifereth Israel Congregation
Tikvat Israel Congregation
Town of Chevy Chase
Trader Joe's
True Buddha Temple Maryland
Twinbrook Community Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
Wells Fargo Foundation
Whetstone E.S.
Whole Foods Market
Woman's Club of Chevy Chase
Woodley Garden Club
Your Chef's Table Farm
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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