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March 28: Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception

You Are Invited!  Heroes Against Hunger Annual Awards Reception  Thursday, March 28th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM Canopy by Hilton at Pike & Rose   Manna Food Center’s annual Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception honors leaders in our community who are making a difference in the fight against hunger. As a grass-roots organization, Manna only has one signature event a year, so you won’t want to […]

Immigration Status as a Social Determinant of Health – Focus On: Food Insecurity

Manna was proud to contribute to the Consumer Health Foundation’s recent briefing paper “Immigration Status as a Social Determinant of Health – Focus On: Food Insecurity”. CHF and their partners are presenting a series of briefing papers to explore immigration as it relates to health, hunger and poverty, and worker’s issues. This paper was a […]

Manna Food Center Honors “Heroes Against Hunger” and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett

Manna Food Center Honors “Heroes Against Hunger” and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett Organization Marks 35th Year of Fighting Hunger BETHESDA, MD—Marking its 35th year of fighting hunger in Montgomery County, Manna Food Center announced today it has honored Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett with a legacy award for his commitment to supporting the organization’s […]

Manna Food Center’s Fight Against Childhood Hunger by Manna Interns

Manna Food Center’s Fight Against Childhood Hunger   By: Danielle Ferguson and Danny Turner (Manna Dietetic Interns)   Childhood hunger is something that hits deep in the heart of our society. According to the Frontline documentary Poor Kids, there are 14 million children currently living in poverty in the United States. Some of these children […]

May 11: 2016 Food Waste Summit

 2016 Food Waste Summit Hosted by the Keystone Policy Center and National Consumers League When: May 11, 2016, 8am-4pm Manna’s Executive Director, Jackie DeCarlo will be attending the 2016 Food Waste Summit. Jackie will be participating in round table discussions with leaders from government, industry, and NGO’s regarding innovative approaches, priorities, and promising strategies. Discuss ongoing consumer-facing […]

Special Call To Action: Smart Sacks Program

Manna Food Center’s Smart Sacks program has been hard at work strengthening an important collaboration with two other weekend bag programs serving our County’s elementary school students.  Women Who Care Ministries and Kids in Need Distributors have been part of a Manna-led coalition for nearly 2 years now and our hard work and cooperation is […]

May 14: Rockville Farmers Market Reopen

The Rockville Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 14 giving shoppers a place to find fresh produce, plants, baked goods, soaps and more. Several returning vendors such as Great Harvest Bread Company, Gilda’s Produce and Quarter Branch Farm will have a variety of goods on sale. New additions to the Rockville Farmers Market include […]

April 28: Community Food Rescue Safe Food Handling Webinar

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM   Community Food Rescue offers this FREE food safety webinar for food rescue recipient organization staff and volunteers and CFR volunteer food runners who will be actively engaged in recovering unused surplus food from food businesses.  This modified ServSafe training will cover four main areas with special emphasis on how to […]

April 22: Day In The Life of Montgomery County 2016

Montgomery Community Media (MCM) is preparing for the fourth annual, “Day in the Life of Montgomery County,” which is set for Friday, April 22. MCM invites local shutterbugs, professional and amateur photographers alike to help capture what your day is like in Montgomery County. This year MCM is raising community sharing to an entirely new level. Every digital […]

March 14: “Chopped” Competition at Paladar

Join Manna’s Nutrition Educator, Lindsey Seegers, as she teams up with Mark Mills of Chocolate & Tomatoes Farm in a Chopped-style competition against Paladar’s Executive Chef, Gregory Webb and Pablo Castillo of Whole Foods Market in the Kentlands. Judges include: Andrew Metcalf, Bethesda Beat Editor for Bethesda Magazine, Julie Wright, Anchor and Co-Host from WJLA-TV and […]

Due March 1: Community Food Rescue Mini-Grants

The Community Food Rescue Mini-Grants Program is back, with support from Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Mead Family Foundation, and Burness!  There are opportunities to receive grants for improving capacity and infrastructure of the local food recovery system, as well as for inventive and collaborative approaches in food recovery. The Mini-Grants […]

February 6 – 14: CCACC Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) will host the Annual Lunar New Year Festival in Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg on Saturday, February 6th through February 14th. Manna’s Executive Director, Jackie DeCarlo will be attending the opening ceremony on February 6th that will kick off a two-week long celebration to include live entertainment, colorful lion dances, […]

December 11 – 23: News Generation, Vote For Manna!

Vote For Manna! News Generation will be donating to Manna and two other organizations, located in Montgomery County. Each organization listed is personally meaningful to a News Generation team member. Voting has started and will continue until Wednesday, December 23 at noon Eastern. Manna needs your vote! The organization with the greatest percentage of votes will receive $1,500. […]

December 3: Manna Attends Environmental Impact Public Meeting

Manna, as the Coordinator of Community Food Rescue, is responsible for helping shape policies related to composting of food that can’t be shared with people or animals, and will be in attendance at the  Environmental Impact Public Meeting. This meeting takes place Thursday, December 3rd, 12-1:30pm in Derwood at the Agricultural History Farm Park: “On-Farm Composting in […]

December 5: Chefs CAN Cook Competition, Downtown Silver Spring

Saturday, December 5, 10:30 AM AG Kitchen’s Alex Garcia faces off against Manna’s Director of Nutrition Programs, Jenna Umbriac in a friendly Chopped-style competition, using surprise CANNED ingredients, donated by Whole Foods Market, Silver Spring. It all goes down during FRESHFARM Market at the Fountain Plaza Stage in Downtown Silver Spring! With celebrity emcee Tommy McFly and […]

December 3: Rockville Town Square Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

Rockville Town Square Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting! Save the date! Celebrate the holidays at the Square with their annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting event on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30-9pm.  Customers can bring a donation in exchange for their horse and carriage ride! Schedule of Events Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 Time: 6:30 […]

November 20: Rio Washingtonian Center Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, November 20 from 6-8pm Join Rio Washingtonian Center on the Lakefront Plaza (near Uncle Julio’s and Joe’s Crab Shack) as they kick-off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting celebration! Family-friendly events and activities including: Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus (Santa will be arriving at approximately 6:30pm and must leave promptly at 8pm to get back to the North Pole) […]

November 14: Downtown Silver Spring Foodie Festivus Tree Lighting

Join the fun at Downtown Silver Spring on the Fountain Plaza, Saturday, November 14th at 6pm to light up Well-Seasoned Greetings and kick off our season-long Foodie Festivus! Well-Seasoned Greetings, an impressive 30-foot public art installation, features illuminated take-out containers, “u-tinsel,” spatula snowflakes and topped with a stunning glass bottle star. Host Tommy McFly Food Tastings Live […]

October 21 – 30: “Food For Fines” MoCo Public Libraries

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will be accepting canned goods and non-perishable food items to pay for library fines October 21st through October 30th. One food item brought in will equal $1 off on library fines! Food items should be taken to the library’s circulation desk. All food collected will be donated to Manna! Donations should include […]

October 21 – November 3: Ten Thousand Villages Food Drive

Ten Thousand Villages will be hosting a food drive to benefit Manna Food Center, October 21st through November 3rd.  Anyone who donates a food item will receive a 25% off coupon toward one full price item, to be used once through November 3rd. Donations drop off: 107 Gibbs St., Unit D, Rockville 20850 301-340-7122 rockville.tenthousandvillages.com   About Ten Thousand Villages in […]

November 15: Music for Food Concert in Bethesda to benefit Manna

The Tempo Giusto Ensemble performs works by Handel, Haydn, Jacob, and Bach in a concert to help end hunger in the DC area. Featuring the talents of young performing artists Emma Resmini and Paul Wiancko, the ensemble partners with Music for Food with all financial proceeds going to support Manna Food Center. [schema type=”event” evtype=”MusicEvent” […]

November 12: Free CFR Food Safety Training in Silver Spring

FREE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS Announcing Fall Training Schedule If you work with a food assistance organization or if you are a volunteer food runner, sign up for one of Community Food Rescue’s FREE Safe Food Handling Trainings.Click on a date below to sign up. Nov. 12 Training at Rainbow Community Development Center, Silver Spring These FREE […]

October 10: Harvest Event at First Fruits Farm

Help harvest thousands of pounds of first-rate produce at Frist Fruits Farm. Come join the fun and help your neighbors in need!  Bring your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers! Date: Saturday, October 10th Time:  8:30am to approximately 11:30am or 12pm. Where:  First Fruits Farm near Freeland, MD Farm is about an hour north of Baltimore. Volunteers will […]

October 20: Free CFR Food Safety Training in Bethesda

FREE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS Announcing Fall Training Schedule If you work with a food assistance organization or if you are a volunteer food runner, sign up for one of Community Food Rescue’s FREE Safe Food Handling Trainings. A CFR volunteer food runner delivers donated food to GaithersburgHELP The fall trainings will be held at various locations around […]

Margarine of Error

I spy with my little eye some lofty promises around what looks like a candy bar. “Get 35% of your daily fiber, antioxidants Vitamin E and zinc, plus whole grains in this delicious flavor from the folks at Kellogg’s FiberPlus®. With tasty ingredients like real peanuts and peanut butter, plus a chocolatey drizzle on top […]

You Say Potato, I Say Patata

I’ve shared before how much our clients value our Cooking Matter at the Store grocery store tours. We’ve reached over 500 participants in this wonderful program, and at least once a month a client calls to share: “I really never knew that it was cheaper to buy in bulk! I’m saving on my grocery bill […]

Shopping on the Cheap

These “April showers” are certainly living up to their reputation. So far, the spring is warm, but not so much yet that our farmer’s markets are open and bursting with vibrant produce. The conventional grocery stores into which I’ve stepped lately feature piles of pineapple and citrus. Give me some veggies, too, please! During conversations […]

Burritos and Pizza: It’s What’s for Breakfast

June rounds out another series of Cooking Matters at the Store tours–that’s 200 Manna clients attending in-store nutrition classes in just three months! While I’ve shared some exciting updates about our bi-lingual store tours, we’ve begun an additional class format that allows us to reach even further into the marginalized area of our community. “Pop-Up […]

August 5: Support Manna’s Supporters & Join Us for Chopped

In honor of Farmers Market week we are remembering the epic battle between Manna’s Nutrition Education team and Whole Foods Market’s Chef Charlie at the Clarksburg Farmers Market’s Inaugural “Chopped” Challenge. If you missed the first culinary battle, the competitors (and generous partners) will be at it again on Sunday, September 27 making delicious, spontaneous […]

Community Food Rescue

Manna is the coordinator of Community Food Rescue, a network designed to feed more and waste less, in Montgomery County.  Read about the latest round of mini-grants awarded to build the capacity of local partners to fill bellies, not landfills. See more here: http://communityfoodrescue.org/blog/

August 5: Support Manna’s Supporters & Join Us for Chopped

by Lindsey Seegers In honor of Farmers Market week we are remembering the epic battle between Manna’s Nutrition Education team and Whole Foods Market’s Chef Charlie at the Clarksburg Farmers Market’s Inaugural “Chopped” Challenge. If you missed the first culinary battle, the competitors (and generous partners) will be at it again on Sunday, September 27 […]