Community Food Rescue: Feed More, Waste Less
Together We Can Feed More and Waste Less
Sending you holiday greetings and wishes for a prosperous new year. As we reflect on 2016 and CFR's first full year of operations, we're excited to see how the CFR network is growing--now at more than 200 food donors, recipient organizations and volunteer food runners. In this issue we want to hear from you. Take our interest survey so we can help you help others. W e share our new Sodexo-Asbury partnership. Learn about how mini-grants have helped  non-profits grow their capacity to serve.  Manna Food Center and CFR receive "green" honors. Read on for all the details.

Helping You Help Others
Would you like to tour Manna Food Center and meet with people who are ending hunger in Montgomery County?
Take this short CFR interest survey: Click HERE
Whether you are an active CFR food donor business, food recipient organization, volunteer food runner, or just interested in food recovery, we want to hear from you. Help us shape the kinds of programming we offer in the coming year. Would you like to meet people who are on the forefront of ending hunger in Montgomery County? How about taking a tour of Manna Food Center? Could you or your staff and volunteers use more food safety training?  

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Asbury Methodist Village: A Giving Community
Seneca Heights Apartments, permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people, staff receive Sodexo-Asbury's delicious, prepared meals for their residents.
CFR's first large scale prepared food donor

Asbury Methodist Village retirement community, with four kitchens and 12 dining rooms, donates delicious and healthy prepared food, three times a week to CFR's food assistance non-profits, thanks to our new partnership with Sodexo. 

Lester Britton, Sodexo Assistant Dining Operations Manager, explains how they implemented the new food recovery initiative with their staff. "We spoke with the entire team, including servers in the dining room that do not interact with the food recovery, about the importance of food donation. Some members of staff have experienced hunger and appreciate the way they are giving back to their local community." 

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CFR Members Build Their Capacity to Serve
A CFR grant-funded refrigerator helped Red Wiggler to donate more fresh produce in the heat of the summer.
Liberty Grove UMC can now refrigerate recovered fresh local produce for later cooking thanks to a CFR mini-grant.
CFR Non-profits Build Their Capacity to Serve
Eleven organizations receive a total of $60,000 in CFR mini-grants 

The simple lack of refrigeration or freezer space is often cited as a major bottleneck in recovering and redistributing surplus food to where it is most needed.   Food donor, Red Wiggler Community Farm, and food assistance organization, Liberty Grove United Methodist Church (UMC), are among this year's recipients.
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Green Champion Award for Innovation!
Cheryl Kollin and Jackie DeCarlo accept their Green Champion award and recover surplus food from the evening's Bethesda Green Gala.
Manna Food Center is awarded Bethesda Magazine's prestigious Green Award for CFR

CFR, a program of Manna Food Center, won in the category of Innovation-nonprofit for, 'green products and/or services that is having or is poised to have a significant and measurable impact on sustainability either locally or on a broader scale.' 

While Manna's mission is to eliminate hunger  in Montgomery County, Community Food Rescue's network of redirecting perfectly good food before it is wasted also tackles a local and global environmental problem. 

Help   feed more and waste less. Contribute to Manna Food Center's year-end matching gift challenge. Click HERE to donate.
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