Together We Can Feed More and Waste Less

We're starting this Spring issue with heart-warming stories during these difficult days of COVID-19. Read on to learn how CFR is going greener including our new compost partner, and we end with how you can help Manna deliver much needed food.
Good News During Troubling Times
Glenstone donates unused food to Family Services, Inc.

Glenstone donates much needed food to Family Services in the wake of COVID-19
Even in the midst of COVID-19 , businesses that must close are still thinking about community. Thanks to the  Glenstone, based in Potomac, MD, for contacting Community Food Rescue. They closed their museum and cafe to the public and had hundreds of pounds of fresh and prepared food that they did not want to go to waste.

Food Runners Deliver "Stay Put Packs"
CFR Food Runners ready to deliver

Stay put packs delivered by CFR Food Runners to Manna participants who can't or should not pick up food.
We're expanding CFR's capabilities to deliver food to Manna's participants who cannot or should not be out during COVID-19.  Manna has made sealed, pre-packed boxes of shelf-stable foods called, Stay Put Packs. Each box weighs about 30 lbs. and should last a person 7-10 days. 

We are thrilled and a bit overwhelmed by the number of people who have signed up to be CFR volunteer food runners in March! We are grateful for our new CFR food runners for stepping up during this difficult time, and for the continued support of our seasoned CFR runners.

Student Cooks STEP Up in Our Community 

Chef Scott leads culinary training of STEP students
We met over lunch to get acquainted and by the time the check came, we had joined forces to solve our two organizations' needs. Amelia Kalant, Director of STEP , (Service Workers Training & Education Partnership), a small non-profit training program for cooks and other hospitality workers, needed a licensed commercial kitchen to train its students. 

A small program that trains primarily for unionized places like museum or university restaurants or cafeterias, STEP needs to be resource efficient: their problem was how to give their students experience cooking for 100 (or 1000) rather than ten customers at a time, without the program spending a lot on product, and wasting the food.

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CFR Goes Even Greener 
Going zero waste when cooking with recovered food.
Our motto, feed more and waste less, sums up the mission of Community Food Rescue (CFR). This year, we've gone even greener by improving our operations in three ways. 

In keeping with Montgomery County's reduction in waste, we've eliminated paper  food run tracking. When cooking with recovered food, we've gone zero waste by composting any food scraps. We transport these prepared meals in reusable pans.  

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Composting food scraps at home
Compost Crew shows us how to turn food waste into a vital resource.

Every day, Americans throw out immense amounts of trash, most of which is dumped into landfills or burned in trash incinerators, a costly system that damages both our health and the environment. According to The Washington Post, landfills and trash incinerators in the United States receive 167 million tons of garbage a year. 

When food waste ends up in a landfill, it does not break down properly and as a result produces methane gas which is an extremely potent greenhouse gas emitter. Yet, typically, 50 percent of municipal garbage set out at the curb is compostable. A better alternative to tossing food scraps is to compost it. 

Manna Staff is ready to serve
Manna Food Center is Open; We are Staying Safe and Still Serving

Manna Food Center (Manna) understands that the COVID-19 crisis has hit individuals and the service industry particularly hard, displacing many workers, and creating more food insecurity in our community. See how Manna is responding to our community's needs. 

Learn how you can make a difference for neighbors struggling to access food during this difficult time.  
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