The goal? Eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. Recovering food from local grocery stores, farmers, and farmers markets, Manna is the largest food rescue program in the County. It serves more than 3,500 families from multiple sites, provides food county-wide to partners such as emergency shelters, food pantries, and smaller community agencies (at no charge), and delivers food to home-bound seniors and people with disabilities. Its Weekend Bag program provides bags full of healthy food to 4,200 school-age children and families every Friday, so they donít go hungry during the weekends. With hunger an ongoing and persistent problem, Manna has risen to the challenge, sharing more than 5 million pounds of food with 37,493 neighbors, nearly 10,000 of whom turned to Manna for the first time, 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
- Manna Food Center Expands Distribution Adds Weekend Option
Tue Sep 28 2010, Gazeette.net
Manna Food Center adds weekend distribution on the 2nd Saturday of every month to make food assitance available to more families in need.
- Manna Food Center Expands Green Initiatives With Composting
Tue Aug 10 2010, USA9 News
Manna Food Center is expanding our green intiatives and has begun composting to close food cycle loop.
- Manna Food Center Selected as a Friday Hero
Fri Jan 22 2010, USA9 News
Manna Food Center was recently featured as a USA9 News Friday Hero because of the difference they make for so many in Montgomery County.
- Food Bank Sees New Faces
Thu Nov 26 2009, Washington Times
Manna Food Center spoke with the Washington Times about the new types of clients coming to the food bank in our challenging economy.
- Record Number of Recipients Use County Food Bank
Wed Nov 25 2009, Business Gazette
Manna Food Center is experiencing a record number of clients coming to the food bank for assistance.
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