February 2020
As production schedules would have it, I’m writing you this letter on Valentine’s Day, and it’s the eve of Presidents’ Day weekend. Holidays are often a good “hook” for newsletter messages, and February makes that especially true. This month is also American Heart month , as well as Black History month

A personal highlight for me this month has been the chance to see the newly installed statue of Harriet Tubman in the State House. I was with my Leadership Montgomery CORE class spending a day in Annapolis. Known as the “Moses of her people,” I’ve been enthralled by Tubman’s story for many years—she was a woman who escaped slavery alone, but was not satisfied by her personal freedom. As a “conductor” she traveled along the Underground Railroad helping some 70 people make their way north. If you haven’t visited the Harriet Tubman National Park near Cambridge, MD, I highly recommend it.
Clearly Harriet Tubman is an excellent role model of a leader and a servant all year long, but another reason I am highlighting her is that in contemporary times there is a sobering connection between an African-American woman and hearts.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans, and the risks are even higher for African-Americans women.  Here in Montgomery County, a recent report from the Department of Health and Human indicates that African Americans have faced higher rates of emergency room visits for heart disease.
Diet plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of heart disease , and Manna is committed to offering the healthiest food possible for everyone. As an institutional ally for racial and social justice, we are committed to making sure our services are created through an equity lens. That’s why we have a goal of 40% of our inventory being fresh fruits and vegetables as we work to share food in neighborhoods with the highest rates of food insecurity . And 100% of Smart Sacks that reach kids receiving free and reduced meals at 58 public schools contain five different nutritious items. 

Your support of Manna with your time, talent, and treasure, makes this kind of strategy implementation possible. In this newsletter you will read about an amazing triple match offered for our Food For All campaign, our fast-approaching 6th Annual Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception, as well as a Manna board member who took the fight against hunger to law makers in Washington, D.C. 

I hope in this month of love, role models, and heart health awareness, you’ll consider being a Manna Valentine.  
With thanks,
Jackie DeCarlo, CEO 
Manna Food Center’s Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception honors leaders in our community who are making a difference in the fight against hunger.

This year’s reception honors Corporate Hero Cigna , Community Hero Rainbow Community Development Center , and Individual Hero Bruce Adams . Our program will feature delicious food, a dynamic silent auction and a meaningful program centrally located at VisArts in Rockville Town Square .

Space is limited. Get your tickets now !
2:1 Challenge Match

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To help Manna meet our $2.5 million goal, the Greater Washington Community Foundation's Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund has offered a generous challenge. The Fund will match all campaign donations received from February 1st through April 30th, up to $100,000 in total.

Triple Your Impact
For every $1 you donate to Food For All, The Community Foundation will gift $2, for a total contribution of $3!
We need your help to raise $50,000 by April 30th in order to receive the full $100,000 match. Click here to donate now.
Healthy Heart, Happy Body
It's Heart Health Month! Not to pin body parts against each other, but the heart is pretty important. We can deal without a few things, maybe not function optimally, but we'll live. The heart is not one of those things so we should treat it with the respect that it deserves!
What are a few things that we can do to improve the quality of our heart?

  1. Eat more heart healthy foods. This can include healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. Some foods that fall into this category are walnuts, salmon, flax seeds, avocado, blueberries and beans, just to name a few.
  2. Work that heart out! Exercise is a great strengthening mechanism for your heart. Your heart is a muscle so just like you should work out your other muscles, when you exercise you you're working your heart muscle. 
  3. Drink more water! Water is so underrated on how it not only helps your body function but how it can improve your heart. Did you know that being dehydrated can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke? Water helps our muscles, including our heart, work more efficiently.

These are just a few ways that we look out for our old ticker. Your heart will appreciate the love and thank you by working at its best!
Cinnamon Vanilla Granola
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Toss the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup and coconut oil together until combined. Whisk in the almond and vanilla extracts.
  5. Pour over the oats and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.
  6. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 mins, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Allow granola to cool completely-the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture.
Available Volunteer Opportunities 
Regular Volunteers Needed!
Manna Market
12301 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring

Come help neighbors experience “shopping” in the new market. Two different types of opportunities are available, for individuals and small groups, both during the weekday and select weekend shifts.
Market Volunteers  will help our participants in the market and assist in restocking shelves.  Volunteer must be 16 or older. This opportunity is now open to small groups (up to 5 volunteers) during the daytime!

Market Reception Volunteers  will primarily help to greet and check-in participants.  Volunteer must be 18 or older and be able to commit to a weekly schedule.
Call Center
12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 200, Silver Spring

Bi-lingual Spanish, French, Amharic & Haitian Creole skills are a plus.   
Office volunteers (18 years of age or older) receive training to support our referral program, which enables participants to receive food from us. 

Volunteers field referrals by phone, fax, and email and input it into our participant database. This allows us to determine how much fresh produce needs to be prepared for distribution each day and create a sign-in/out sheet for participant pick-up. 

We are currently looking for volunteers who can commit to one  consistent  morning, afternoon or evening shift for at least 6 months. Floater positions also available for volunteers with flexible schedules. 
Visit our website to let us know you’re interested! 
Warehouse Reception
9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg

Monday thru Friday
9-12pm and 12-3pm 

Be the welcoming face of Manna! Help welcome and direct guest at Manna’s Gaithersburg warehouse including people picking up food for schools and participants, and individuals coming for meetings. Volunteers will also receive food donations and well as the mail and other packages.
We may ask volunteers to help with administrative tasks that arise from time to time. 
The amount of work can fluctuate and there can be down time when you are not assisting guests. So you would be welcome to bring another activity with you such as something to read, or a crossword puzzle etc. 

Nutrition Volunteers
Manna's free nutrition programming makes crucial health information more accessible to communities in need. You can help fight hunger and learn new skills as a nutrition education volunteer!

Food Runners
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  communityfoodrescue.org .
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, 2019 - January 15, 2020.

Without your incredible generosity, we would not be able to feed families in our community. 
Albert Einstein H.S.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
American Physiological Society
America's Charities
Best Medicine Rep
Bethesda Co-Op
Bethesda Friends Meeting
Box Associates Limited Partnership
Cadence at Crown
Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Chevy Chase Village
Children's Manor Montessori
Christ Congregational Church
Church of The Redeemer
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Cliff and Deborah White Family Fund
Clinton AME Zion Church
Colesville Presbyterian Church
CSG Enterprise, L.P.
Customer First Renewables
Daly Computers, Inc.
DC Metro Sai Samsthan
Division of Parole and Probation
Earle B. Wood M.S.
The Elijah Fund
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation, Inc.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Esac Inc
Falkland Chase Apartment
Fink Family Foundation
Foxhall OB/GYN Associates
Frost School - Lodge Program
Gaithersburg Chapter #5358 of AARP
Garrett Park E.S.
Giant Food
Global Mission Church
Greek Orthodox Church of St. George
Hallman Orthodontics
Harris Teeter
Harvest of Rockville
Hermon Presbyterian Church
Hillside Senior Apartments
Hungry for Votes
I. M. Systems Group, Inc.
Ira & MaryJo Sherman Family Foundation
ITW Corporate Disbursement
Jen Family Charitable Trust
Jin Shepard Family Gift Fund
Julin Cheng-Hu Memorial
Kaiser Permanente
Katzman Family Foundation
Korth Construction Companies
KS Kuts
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Leisure World
Lindner Family Foundation
Long & Foster
Marriott International, Inc.
Mayorga Coffee LLC
Meadow Hall E.S.
Meso Scale Diagnostics
Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation
Montgomery County
Montgomery Faith Fellowship
Nasdaq OMX
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Park Somerset Condominium
Penan & Scott
Penfed Credit Union
Porch View Farm LLC
Posner-Wallace Foundation
Potomac Community Village
Potomac Nails
Precise Software Solutions, Inc.
Rainbow Community Development Center
Response Tech
Rock Terrace E.S.
Rockville United Church
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
Samuel & Sylvia Kaplan Family Foundation
Seneca Whetstone Ladies Book Club
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Sharpchild, Inc.
Sheehy Auto Stores
Sidgmore Family Foundation
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Inc.
Somerset House
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
State of Maryland
Steele Foundation, LLC
Tathagata Dharma Association Inc.
TD Charitable Foundation
Technical Resources International, Inc.
Temple Beth Ami
The Bargain Box Thrift & Consignment Shop
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation
The Cleaning Authority
The Good Neighbors Family Trust
The Justina A. Molzon Charitable Fund
The Loeb Familyh Charitable Fund
The Sulica Fund
Tikvat Israel Congregation
Town of Glen Echo
Trace International, Inc
Trader Joe's
True Buddha Temple
True Buddha Temple Maryland
Twinbrook Community Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
United Healthcare Services Inc.
United Methodist Women Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church
Village of Friendship Heights
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
Wertheimer Family Foundation
Westat Education Studies Group
Westover E.S.
Wheaton Area Moms
Whole Foods Market
Wraase Family Foundation

If you're interested in donating food, making a financial contribution, or volunteering, please contact us at 301-424-1130 or  info@mannafood.org .

Manna Food Center Office & Market
12301 Old Columbia Pike
Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20904 

Manna Food Center Warehouse
9311 Gaither Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Remember to support Manna through your workplace giving campaign.

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Manna Food Center | 2020