Manna Food Center works to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. It recovers more than 2.5 million pounds of food from local grocery stores, farmers, and farmers' markets, making it the largest "food rescue" nonprofit in the County. Food for Families provides food for more than 3,600 families each month at seven food distribution sites. (Manna also delivers food to home-bound seniors and people with disabilities.) Recognizing that children often experience hunger during the weekends without the benefit of school lunches, Manna runs its Smart Sacks program, providing bags full of kid-friendly food that reach 2,200 elementary school children every Friday. It also provides food County-wide to partners such as emergency shelters, group homes, food pantries, and soup kitchens at no charge. With hunger an ongoing and persistent problem, Manna has risen to the challenge, distributing over 4 million pounds of food to over 38,000 individuals last year because no one should begin the day on an empty stomach.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: All MCPS schools participate in the annual Kids Helping Kids food drive efforts.

Awards & Recognition

4 Star Charity Navigator recognition 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006

2011 Governor's Service Award

Nancy Dworkin Award 2010

Bethesda Magazine Green Award Non-profit Runner Up 2010


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Manna Food Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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