While it is true that Manna Food Center is on the front-lines of addressing hunger every day, all year long, there is no denying that the fall is our busiest season of the year.  This is due, in large part, to our Montgomery County community's amazing efforts to make sure that all our neighbors can have bountiful meals this holiday season.  Traditional acts of generosity--such as the Yom Kippur, MSI, Community Service Week, and Kids Helping Kids food drives--bring in tens of thousands of pounds of food for us to share.  Service groups and socially responsible businesses send their volunteers to our warehouse to sort food and to our satellite sites to distribute it.  And the number of drop- off donations, of wholesome food as well as necessary financial donations, increases.  If you come visit for any of these reasons, you'll see with your own eyes that the Manna team is gearing up for a Hunger-Free Holiday season.

In the midst of all this activity, our volunteer  Board of Directors   is guiding and giving to make sure that Manna is on mission.  I'm delighted and proud to announce to you actions coming out of the Board's recent annual meeting.   Selena Singleton, Chief Operating Officer at the   National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education ,  assumed the role of Chair of the Board.  Sarah Cody, Senior Director at HMSHost Corporation , was named Rising Chair. Community volunteer Yuchi Huang, Ph.D., remains as Treasurer and Davis Tyner, Senior Strategic Advisor at Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is now serving as Immediate Past Chair.  We welcomed, Mitchell Glassman, Managing Director of MLG Consulting, to the Board, and thanked Nancy Williams, partner at DecisionPath Consulting , for her six years of Board service.  

Service on a not-for-profit board is a combination of setting direction and monitoring progress, being  an Ambassador for Manna's mission, and making significant contributions of time, talent, and treasure.  I am immensely grateful to the 13 members of our Board  for all they do to support Manna's bold vision of a good food in welcoming spaces for all our neighbors.  Sometimes I joke that I have a dozen bosses. Truth be told, I am very fortunate, as all of the Manna team is, that we have such committed leaders dedicated to ending hunger by creating a sustainable, values-based model for service.

This newsletter will highlight for you some of the ways you also can support Manna by helping us raising food and funds this season. Thank you in advance for your spirit of service, and please let me know if you any ideas for how we can make this season even more special. 
Community Service Week Food Drive

Only a few slots left and we need your help collecting food at Montgomery County Giant Grocery Stores.   When volunteers help, we collect more food - it's that simple.  

Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29th
A part of Montgomery County Community Service Week
11am - 2pm, AM Shift
2pm - 5pm, PM Shift

SSL Hours Approved:  Register now

Each Giant can accommodate a maximum of 5 volunteers (including the adult supervisor) for EACH shift. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult & at least one adult supervisor (21 or older) needs to be present at all times.    

Questions?  If you would like to receive our Volunteer E-Newsletter, please contact Mardia

T hank you for volunteering!
Manny is on the Move
Hi everyone!  Jaimie here, Program Coordinator Manna's new Mobile Kitchen & Pop-Up Pantry (nicknamed "Manny").  As you may have heard, we recently celebrated a big unveiling at Manna. Manny was unveiled to the public! On September 16th we opened our doors to the public at the FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market . Over 600 people toured the bus, had a fresh food sampling, and watched our guest chefs demonstrate knife skill. Many had questions about what we were doing with this completely tricked-out school bus. I'm here to answer some of the most popular questions, for people that missed the big event.

Where did the bus come from?
Manny is a 2005 Blue Bird Vision that was retired after 8 years of service in Washington County Public Schools. MCPS offered to donate a used bus from their fleet, but didn't have a bus big enough to fit a whole kitchen at that time. Even a quarter sized oven takes up space!
Where will Manny go?
Manny will begin working in areas that Manna has identified as most at risk for food insecurity. We will focus most on serving children through hands-on cooking classes at elementary schools this first year, and a dding more days on the road as the program gets established. We also plan to reach out to seniors and families. On some days, Manny will provide fresh produce through food distribution events called pop-up pantries.

How can I help out?
There are lots of ways to get involved with Manny!   Click here to see options for involvement. 
If you missed Manny, don't worry. You'll be seeing the mobile kitchen all around Montgomery County very soon! Just look for the big white school bus with delicious colorful vegetables all over it. I promise, you can't miss it!  - Jaimie

Smart Sacks Partner Spotlight!

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, 2017 - September 15, 2017. 

Without your generosity, we would not be able to feed families in our community. 
AARP, Gaithersburg
Agency for Helathcare Research and Quality
Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center
Bethesda Central Farmers' Market
Bethesda Co-Op
Bloomberg BNA
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Capital Area Food Bank
Capital One Services, LLC
Century Distributors
Christ Episcopal Church
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Church of The Redeemer
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Color Me Mine Rockville
Consero Group LLC
Department of Energy, DOE/EA
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
First Fruits Farm
Gaithersburg Chapter #5358 of AARP
Giant Food
Harris Teeter
HMS Host Foundation Inc.
Hungry Harvest
The Hwang Foundation
Jewish War Vet. Ladies Aux.
Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Legal & General America
Living Faith Lutheran Church
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Road Runners
Montgomery Master Gardeners
Nasdaq OMX
Norman's Farm Markets
Olney Farmers & Artists' Market
Otsuka America Pharmeceutical, Inc.
Penzey Spice Company
Response Tech
Rockville Farmers' Market
Rockville United Church
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Sodexo Foundation
St. James Episcopal Church
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
Trader Joe's
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Washington Sikh Center
Westleigh Recreation Club
Whole Foods Market
William E. Cross Foundation, Inc.

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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