Traditionally our February e-newsletter is
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation volunteers with Jackie DeCarlo
 a time to shine a light on the service that happened in honor of Dr. King's birthday the previous month. This year is no exception. Stalwart volunteers-from high school students to Members of Congress-braved bitterly cold weather while helping us collect 28,542 pounds of food from 20 Giant Food stores. On MLK Day itself, with the support of our friends at Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, we participated in the County's Day of Service and prepared 768 boxes of food boxes for neighbors with special health concerns. I want to send a big THANK YOU to all those who volunteered, shopped, or packed boxes.

Another January story was, of course, how Manna Food Center responded to the longest running Federal government shutdown in U.S. history. By waiving the income eligibility requirements for the families of Federal workers, contractors, and others negatively impacted by the shutdown, we were able to share good food in welcoming spaces to 748 neighbors. We did this, while maintaining our usual Food for Families and Smart Sack programs and activating the Community Food Rescue volunteer network. Manna couldn't have responded as consistently and abundantly as we did without generous donations of food and funds.  Even though the shutdown is over, our waiver is still in effect as families recover.

The shutdown is a teachable moment for all of us. Last month, Forbes reported that 78% of U.S. workers are living paycheck to paycheck. Missing a paycheck can mean not making the rent, defaulting on a car loan, or ruining credit by skipping a utility payment. Manna helps prevent financial emergencies by offering Montgomery County families groceries at no-cost. We are confident that we will rise to any challenge ahead. As advocates as well as service providers, we are now redoubling our efforts to help the community understand that even when the government is working as it should, a health crisis, marital difficulties, or other stressors can put a household into a tail-spin.

There are many ways that you can be involved in helping our community rebound from the shutdown and prepare for what's next. Attend our Advocacy Task Force on February 19, visit our Breaking Bread potluck on February 20, or donate online. The Montgomery County community responded with generosity during the shutdown, and Manna Food Center will keep sharing food, building skills, and creating connections day in and day out, with your help.


28,000 Pounds Collected During Dr. King Food Drive 

Manna Food Center (Manna) collected a total of 28,542 pounds of during the MLK Service Weekend Food Drive on January 19th and 20th at participating Giant Food stores in Montgomery County. Food donations increased by 87% from the previous year.

"We witnessed the strength and compassion of our community during MLK Service Weekend," said Jackie DeCarlo, chief executive officer for Manna Food Center. "Many were motivated to help because of the government shutdown, including our long-term partner Giant Food. The shutdown opened the public's eyes to ongoing issues around food insecurity here in Montgomery County."

The 14 tons of food will help stock Manna's shelves for Montgomery County neighbors in need. More than 63,000 residents live with uncertainty around food for themselves and their family. Manna waived income requirements to assist residents impacted from the shutdown. The waiver remains in effect until further notice. Food will be distributed to participants through existing distribution sites.

Over 200 Manna volunteers and 20 elected officials collected food items from shoppers throughout the weekend of service.  The numbers are in! The top five Giant Food stores are:
  • Westfield Wheaton (3114 lbs.)
  • Blair Park (2193 lbs.)
  • Kentlands (2052 lbs.)
  • Burtonsville (1998 lbs.)
  • Traville Village Center (1758 lbs.)

Food Runners to the Rescue!
CFR Food Runners Deliver Food for Furloughed Employees Community Dinner

In the midst of the recent month-long

CFR Food Runner Susan at Manny & Olga's

 Federal Government shutdown, Community Food Rescue (CFR) stepped up to help at the January 11th and February 8th community dinners. The February 8 dinner was put together by Councilmembers Hucker and Will Jawando, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), Manna Food Center, Nourish Now and Chef Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen to organize nonprofits, businesses and volunteers to provide impacted workers and their families with dinner, entertainment and access to resources to make sure they know the community supports them.


CFR Food Runners transported trays of donated food and beverages from area restaurants in Silver Spring and Takoma Park. They were delivered to Blair High School, where 600 people dined and shared comradery. After the dinner, another CFR volunteer took the remaining trays of prepared food and donated canned goods to a Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless shelter, so that no food was wasted. Not only was this a wonderful event to support affected federal workers, contractors and their families, it was also a great opportunity to introduce CFR to a new audience. After the event, five new volunteers and participating restaurants joined the CFR network.

Heroes Against Hunger Tickets on Sale
March 28, 2019

Join us on Thursday, March 28 for Manna Food Center's annual Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception. This event is an opportunity to recognize community champions in the fight against hunger who have demonstrated a true passion for fighting hunger and feeding hope in Montgomery County.  The evening will featuring delicious food, a dynamic silent auction and a short, meaningful program. 

Heroes Against Hunger Reception
March 28, 2019
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
Canopy by Hilton at Pike & Rose

2019 Honorees
Corporate Hero
Adventist HealthCare
Individual Hero
Jeff Miller
Community Hero
The Community Foundation in Montgomery County
Go With Your Gut!
Healthy Recipes for February

Each month, our program team will highlight recipes that focus on building nutrition and cooking skills in different ways. This month we focus on cooking gut-healthy food. We feature recipes that use seasonal ingredients, canned and frozen foods, and share tips that help cut costs and food waste in our kitchen, while also adding lots of flavors. We hope you'll be able to use these recipes and knowledge in your own kitchen!

When life gives you cabbage, you make sauerkraut - and homemade sauerkraut is a world apart from the stuff that comes from the grocery store. Sauerkraut is made by a process called lacto-fermentation. It is made with Lactobacillus, a bacteria found in yogurt and many other cultured products that is beneficial to your digestive tract. 

1 medium head green cabbage (about 3 pounds)
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
Mason jar (or old pasta jar) with lid

Cook Time: 3 to 10 days
Volunteer Spotlight
Volunteers touch every aspect of our work at Manna including collecting, sorting, packing and distributing food, answering participants' phone calls, and assisting with nutrition education. We rely heavily on their support and dedication. Without their help we would not be able to process the 3 million pounds of food that comes through our doors and distribute to more than 32,000 people who receive our services.

Manna is celebrating our volunteers during the last week of February. Below we spotlight three volunteers sharing why they give of their time in our the community.
"It's a way to 
build community and
 encourage people."
Toby is the coordinator 
for the choice pantry at Colesville Presbyterian Church.
"It was the least I could do for my colleagues."
Kelli volunteered as a
Manna Ambassador at an event to help furloughed government employees during the shutdown.
"It's kind of gratifying.
You get to interact with the people who actually benefit."
Dean is a regular volunteer
in the warehouse and also recruits members of his church to volunteer.
Holiday Schedule at Manna

Manna's warehouse and offices are closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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 16 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.  Click for more information.

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 a plus! 
Shifts Currently Available: Day, Evening, or Floater (shift varies based on need)
Second Saturday of the Month, 10am-2pm (monthly commitment)
Email  Katie ( for more information.

Satellite Distribution Centers
Volunteers needed to help distribute prepacked boxes, assist clients to their car, and take in food donations. 

Wednesdays 3pm-7pm
Clifton Park Baptist Church (formerly Long Branch Satellite)

Fridays 1pm-4pm
East County Regional Service Center 
Must be 16 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.  Click for more information.

Food Runner
Join Community Food Rescue (CFR), Montgomery County's network for food recovery. Help deliver rescued food to area shelters.
Learn how you can help feed more and waste less at

For more information about these and any other volunteer opportunities visit our website .

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 December 16, 2018 - January 15, 2019.

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

930 Rose Condominium
Aldon Management
Amazon Smile
APA Inc.
Argyle M.S.
Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
Association of Accountants
Bernstein Management Corporation
Beth Chai Congregation
BioReliance Corp.
Bloom Medicinals
B'nai Israel Congregation
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Boyds Presbyterian
The Brick Companies
Bridge The Gap
Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Chevy Chase Village
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Church of The Redeemer
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Clinton AME Zion Church
Cold Spring E.S.
Color Me Mine Rockville
Consero Group LLC
CSG Enterprise, L.P.
DC Metro Sai Samsthan
Elms at Germantown
Esac Inc
F45 Training Bethesda
Faith United Methodist Church
Fallswood Condominium
First Baptist Church of Rockville
Fleet Management Services
Folk'n Great Music
Future Vote
Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
Giant Food
Girl Scout Troop 33039
Girl Scout Troop 6753
Global Mission Church
The Goddard School
Grand BK Corp.
Great American Restaurants
Greater Washington Community Foundation
GSCNC Troop #585
Harris Teeter
Hermon Presbyterian Church
HHS Licensure & Regulatory Services
Holiday Inn Express Germantown
Hughes United Methodist Church of Wheaton
I. M. Systems Group, Inc.
Inter-Faith Chapel Mission Committee
Islamic Community Center of Potomac
Jen Family Charitable Trust
JK Moving Services
Joel Family Charitable Fund
John J. Kirlin, LLC
Julin Cheng-Hu Memorial
Julius West M.S.
Katzman Family Foundation
KidsCo Jr.
Kiwanis Foundation of Rockville
Klein Hornig LLP
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Leisure World
Leisure World Chapter of Na' Amat
Liberty Diversified International
Linder Family Foundation, Inc.
Little White Chapel by the Wayside, Inc.

Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Mariott Hotel & Convention Center
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Meso Scale Diagnostics/MSD
Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union
Mill Creek Towne Elementary
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Road Runners
Montgomery County Tennis Association
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Board
The Moshman Charitable Foundation, Inc.
MUFG Investor Services, LLC
NAIOP Maryland/DC Chapter Inc.
Nasdaq OMX
National Council of Jewish Women
Norman's Farm Market
North Potomac Senior Center
Northwest H.S.
Open Text Inc.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Outsource America Inc
Philip L. Graham Fund
Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Potomac Presbyterian Church
Precise Software Solutions, Inc.
ProAction Physical Therapy
Ratner Companies
RegenxBio Inc.
Response Tech
Restoration Church of Maryland
Richard Montgomery HS Choral Program
Rockville Assembly of God
Seneca Community Church
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Sherwood H.S.
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Inc
Somerset House
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
St. Francis Episcopal Church
St. Gregory the Great Orthodox Church
St. Paul UMC
Standard Solar
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
Terps Without Borders
The Cleaning Authority
The Family Firm, Inc.
The Good Neighbors Family Trust
The Handelsman-Moyer Fund
The Sulica Fund
Thermo Fisher Scientific-Germantown
Trader Joe's
Treasure Hill Foundation
Tree Of Life Church
Twinbrook Community Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
United Healthcare
United Methodist Women Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Walter Johnson H.S.
Washington Sikh Center
Wertheimer Family Foundation
Westat Education Studies Group
Whole Foods Market
Wise Moves
Woman's Club of Bethesda
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 

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

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