Dear Friend of Manna Food Center,

This is our September newsletter so it is natural that we are focused on back-to-school topics: another year of the Smart Sacks program providing 2,850 kids with nutritious bags of food each weekend, the arrival of our new retrofitted school bus "Manny" that will reach hungry neighbors with fresh produce and teach kids and parents skills for healthy cooking. There is a lot to be excited about as a new school year begins, and thanks to your support we are able to help students achieve.
But it is also hurricane season. Across the aisles and cubicles of Manna, teammates have been checking with those who have loved ones in Florida and the Caribbean, just as we did in August as attention was fixed on Texas and South Asia.  Recently in a staff meeting we talked about the butterfly effect , the theory that the tiny motion of butterfly wings can have a role to play in major weather events such as tornadoes --we weren't predicting the weather!  The topic came up as we were discussing the role that Manna Food Center plays in creating a Hunger Free MoCo, noting the ripple effect of our high standards and ambitious goals. 

During this season of weather-related disasters, our team is doing what we can to respond to those in need from afar, while we redouble our efforts to be of service to those in our own backyard.  We believe that if we do our best with the projects right in front of us, we are part of broader humanitarian effort.  This is not self-congratulations, it is systems-thinking, being sure to do our part.  You do your part as well by being a supporter of our work.  Thank you for making it possible for us to provide steady service here in Montgomery County, MD in the midst of unsettling events across the globe. 

Ending hunger, it's what we do,      Jackie
Meet Manny: This Saturday!
Co me experience Manna's new  Mobile Kitchen & Pop-Up Pantry
This Saturday, September 16th, Manna is hosting a party to introduce "Manny" the Mobile Kitchen to the community.  Join us in downtown Silver Spring anytime between 9 AM to 1 PM to see this awesome bus transformation, enjoy food sampling, music, local chefs and tours. 
And while you're there, plan to pick up some local produce at the FRESHFARM Market.

Lindsey's Blog

Lindsey here. Once upon a time, Manny the Mobile Kitchen was a humble school bus, toting 72 kiddos to and from school. He looked like this. These days, this school bus is taking kids' taste buds through the rainbow of wholesome foods. Sixteen youth at Gaithersburg Elementary participated in the pilot program aboard our Manna... 
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Blues & Breaking Bread- Join Us This Saturday

Jeff and Betsy Miller invite you to an evening of Blues, Beer (and wine), food, and fun. 
Local award-winning band  DC Mudd  will perform for the benefit of Breaking Bread, a program affiliated with Manna Food Center. 

Breaking Bread is about building community with the guiding principal that having enough food to eat is an essential human right. It creates a space for critical dialogue between people of varied backgrounds and experiences. It also creates an invitation for others to bring the conversation into their own communities. The Breaking Bread initiative is underwritten by the Samuel & Harriet Miller Feed the Hungry Fund.

 We would love to have you join us this Saturday evening at 7pm in Rockville
For more information or to get tickets,  Click Here

DC Mudd: Righteous Blues, Rhythm & Roots Music from Washington, DC  

2016 International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN quarter finalist

Winner 2015 DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands

2015 WAMMIE nominated Best Blues/Traditional R&B Duo/Group

Ticket sales & donations benefit  Breaking Bread  and  Manna Food Center
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 July 16, 2017 - August 15, 2017. 

Without your generosity, we would not be able to feed families in our community. 
Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center
Alice Shaver Foundation
Bethesda Central Farmers' Market
Bethesda Co-Op
B'nai Israel Congregation
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Boyds Presbyterian
Brooke Run Trees
Brown Station E.S.
BSA Troop #613
Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Chesterbrook Academy
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
College Gardens Civic Assoc.
Color Me Mine Rockville
Common Threads
DC Metronomes (Hallmark Club)
First Fruits Farm
Georgetown Preparatory School
Giant Food
Girl Scout Troop #1828
Great American Restaurants
Harris Teeter
Interfaith Clothing Center
King Farm Community Garden
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Leisure World
Living Faith Lutheran Church
Master Gardeners Montgomery County
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Board
Norman's Farm Markets
Norwood School
Olney Farmers & Artists' Market
Olney Help
Otsuka America Pharmeceutical, Inc.
Penzey Spice Company
Response Tech
Rockville Farmers' Market
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Salem United Methodist Church
Salvation Army
SEBA Gardens
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Sodexo Foundation
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
Tikvat Israel Congregation
Trader Joe's
True Buddha Temple
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Village of Martin's Additions
Villas at Rockville
Voortman Cookies
Watkins Pond Community Garden
Whole Foods Market
William S. Abell Foundation

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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