Dear Friend of Manna,

It's officially holiday season-the kids (and some adults) have enjoyed the fun of "trick or treat."  Now our eyes and our appetites are turning to Thanksgiving.  We at Manna Food Center have much to be grateful for in Montgomery County.  For 35 years supporters like you have made our work possible.  As the lines grow longer at our distribution sites, I know that the Manna team will be able to help our neighbors set bountiful tables because we've received food and funds from the community.
In the midst of this generosity, though, is a growing concern that in the future receiving help to fight hunger may actually put some families at risk.  I'd rather talk turkey, as the saying goes, but I believe you as a Manna supporter want to stay informed so let me try and talk a little policy.

The current administration's proposed r ule  changes longstanding public policy regarding benefits immigrant families can use without causing negative consequences to their status.  Currently, legal immigrants can qualify for certain non-cash benefits after they have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and have met all requirements. The new proposed rule dramatically expands the list of programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), that could trigger adverse immigration consequences.  Under the proposed rule, immigrant families could be forced to make difficult choices between accessing vital programs that safeguard their health and nutrition and keeping their family together in the United States.  
Manna's mission is to end hunger, and we sincerely welcome new ideas that help our society make that possible.  However, we are very concerned that these proposed changes will actually work against self-sufficiency.  You may want to learn more about what the proposed changes are and how you can express your opinions during the public comment period which ends on December 10.   Visit the Food Research and Action Center for resources. 
If you would like to know about other actions Manna is taking to help make Montgomery County Hunger Free, please consider attending our next Advocacy Task Force meeting on December 12 at our Gaithersburg location at 7:00 p.m, or give me a call at 240-268-2524 to discuss our priorities.
May your Thanksgiving holiday be full of good food in welcoming spaces,

Give Today - Holiday Hunger Giving Drive
No Hungry Kids This Holiday - Give Today

Donate Funds & Help Neighbors in Need!
More than 33,000 children are going hungry in Montgomery County. To end hunger in our county, more working families and seniors need access to healthy and nutritious food. Manna Food Center is leading the way to end hunger through innovative programs that expand our reach into more communities and equip children and families to live healthily.

This holiday season you have the chance to give back and impact the lives of neighbors in need.

We know your support makes a difference. One mom shared how her son was very excited after learning about new vegetables on Manny, our Mobile Kitchen and Pop-up Pantry. She shares:

"My son came home insisting that we go to the grocery store to buy cauliflower, so he could show me how to roast it...he says it tastes like popcorn."

Join Manna supporters in making Giving Tuesday a special day that feeds hope for children and families in Montgomery County.
Host a Holiday Giving Fundraiser

Every day thousands of children in Montgomery County go hungry. It's harder for children to learn and grow when they are hungry. The high cost of living makes it necessary for working families to seek help with food. With your support, Manna Food Center can expand our weekend food program and give more families across the county healthy food.

Join the global movement to give back to your community on Giving Tuesday (November 27)! This is your chance to think globally and act locally to support the causes that matter to you.

Here are 3 ways to make an impact:
  • Fundraise - Create a Facebook Fundraising  page for Giving Tuesday. Set your goal (suggested goal: $1000) and share with your friends on Facebook why the work at Manna Food Center means so much to you.
  • Share - If you can't create a Facebook fundraising page, share Manna's fundraising page and/or donation website so people can give quickly and easily. Go to
  • Donate - Everyone can help fight hunger and feed hope by donating to Manna. Go to to donate today.
Nominate a Hero Against Hunger
Deadline December 7, 2018

Heroes Against Hunger

At Manna Food Center's annual Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception, we recognize community champions in the fight against hunger in three categories - Individual Hero, Corporate Hero & Community Hero. The award winners, chosen by Manna's Board of Directors, demonstrate a true passion for fighting hunger and feeding hope in Montgomery County.

Featuring delicious food, a dynamic silent auction and a short, meaningful program, this year's reception in late March 2019 will be the best to date. Nominate our community heroes and make plans to join us!

Award Categories
  • Individual Hero
  • Corporate Hero
  • Community Partner
See the  Award Categories & Selection Criteria information sheet for more details.
Submit a nomination. Self nominations encouraged.

The deadline to submit a nomination is midnight on Friday, December 7th 2018.
Award recipients will be notified in January. If you have any questions, e-mail
Work for Manna
Deadline to Apply November 26, 2018
Work for Manna

Food Distribution Clerk
The Food Distribution Clerk is responsible for check-in and other tasks related to the distribution of food at satellite locations throughout Montgomery County, including evening and weekend hours and direct interactions with the public.  

To apply send cover letter and resume to by November 26, 2018

Pop-Up Pantry Driver/Warehouse Assistant
The Driver/Assistant is responsible for the distribution of food with our Pop-Up Pantry vehicle at designated sites primarily evening hours and weekends through direct interactions with the public. In addition, the position assists the Warehouse Manager and team in maintaining Manna's physical plant, ensuring food safety, receiving donations, supporting food distribution and serving as a backup driver as needed.

To apply send cover letter and resume to by November 26, 2018
Holiday Schedule at Manna

The holiday season has begun and our warehouse will be very busy feeding hungry neighbors through the end of the year. Please keep in mind upcoming closures in November and December:

Manna's warehouse and offices are closed on the following days:
  • Thursday, November 22
  • Friday, November 23
  • Monday, December 24
  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019 

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 September 16, 2018 - October 15, 2018. 

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

Adat Shalom Congregation
Adventist Health Care
Beth Shalom Congregation
Bethesda Central Farmers' Market
Bethesda Chevy Chase Jewish Community Group
Bethesda Co-Op
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
B'nai Israel Congregation
Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Central Farm Markets at Westfield Montgomery Mall
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Congregation Beth El
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
Congregation Har Shalom
Congregation Or Chadash
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC
First Baptist Church of Rockville
First Fruits Farm
Future Vote
Giant Food
Girl Scout Troop #4651
Harris Teeter
Hermon Presbyterian Church
Jin Shepard Family Gift Fund
Kaiser Permanente
Kehila Chadasha
Kol Shalom Congregation
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Master Gardeners
MSI Food Drive
Nasdaq OMX
Norman's Farm Markets
Northwest H.S.
Office of Enterprise Assessments
Olney Farmers & Artists' Market
Olney Help
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Response Tech
Rockville Farmers' Market
Rockville United Church
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
SCUP Conference
Shirat HaNefesh
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Inc.
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
Temple Beth Ami
Temple Emanuel
Temple Shalom
Tikvat Israel Congregation
Trader Joe's
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Village of Martin's Additions
Washington Society of Jewish Deaf
Whole Foods Market
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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