Manna Food Center
E-News from Manna
June 2015
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The word "Center" carries a lot of meaning for us at Manna. We believe it was among the best decisions our founders made when establishing this community based organization in 1983. They could have called us "Manna Food Bank" or "Manna Food Pantry" yet they chose the word "Center."  No one agency can do it alone, but serving as the Center, we can meet both need and build capacity, bringing the community together with the common goal of ending hunger. 


From our headquarters in Gaithersburg to our network of satellite locations we reach upwards of 3,600 families with a healthy supply of food in the iconic "Manna box" each month.  This month we are celebrating our first "Manna-versary" at our satellite site, Colesville Presbyterian Church, who helped us pilot a Choice Pantry Model.


We welcome thousands of volunteers who help not only in our warehouse but in every corner of the County through food drives, farmers markets, and community fairs. Our nutrition education team fans out to commercial kitchens throughout the County to teach classes on how to eat healthy on a budget.  


With our partners in Community Food Rescue we coordinate the activities of two dozen hunger organizations and hundreds of food donors.  Our Smart Sacks program is active in almost 60 elementary schools thanks to business sponsors and community partners. We have also launched a data analysis project, thanks in part to funding from the County Executive, to determine if we are reaching the right people in the right places.  


We embrace the name "Center" wholeheartedly here at Manna.  Every day, in every aspect of what we do, we see the reality unfold: thousands of volunteers, hundreds of businesses, tens of thousands of community members donating food and funds in this great community working to make "ending hunger" not just a slogan but a possibility.


Thank you for joining us and don't forget to share with us your ideas and interests.  You can reach me directly at or 240.268.2524


~ Jackie DeCarlo, Executive Director, Manna Food Center

Music Thank you Music for Food DC


Music for Food held a benefit concert for Manna Food Center on May 17th in Bethesda.  The concert featured two emerging international viola soloists - Wenting Kang and Ayane Kozasa.

This event was a huge success, raising $21,886.85 for Manna Food Center!  Contributions poured in from the 160 audience members and online donors.  All donations were matched one-for-one by the ensemble's musicians. This donation is the largest sum raised from a single concert in the five-year history of Music for Food. 
Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp  Out Hunger

Through the Stamp Out Hunger initiative on Saturday, May 9th Postal Carriers collected non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and delivered them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. 

Stamp Out Hunger brought in 52,915 pounds of food for Manna! We are so appreciative to all the people in the community who donated during this food drive. Also, big thanks to all the postal carriers who helped collect this food.

Montgomery County Muslim Foundation Spring Food Drives Were a Huge Success!

Our Faith Partners are essential to supporting the needs of Manna Food Center's clients.  Yom Kippur kicks off the giving season in the Fall and this Spring Manna benefited from the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation's (MCMF) incredible show of support during their food drive at Giant Food Stores.

This Spring MCMF collected 18,946 pounds of food, an increase of 10,000 pounds from the previous Spring.  By mobilizing its membership over the course of two weekends at local Giant stores, MCMF boosted Manna's ability to end hunger this summer.  

Thank you to the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation for your support!
Thank you Washington Rockville Elks

Elks Donation
Manna Team with members of Washington Rockville Elks Lodge

The Washington Rockville Elks Lodge hosted its Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 15th.  Proceeds from this event went to support several nonprofits in the area including $7,000 donated to Manna Food Center! 


Thank you Washington Rockville Elks Lodge for your support of Manna.


Congratulations to
Westfield Montgomery Mall

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On Saturday, May 17th Westfield Montgomery Mall patrons were able to sample delectable bites as
part of the Taste Festival. Proceeds from the event went
to benefit Manna Food Center.  

Over $2,000 and 80 pounds of food were collected!

Thank you to Westfield Montgomery Mall and their patrons!
CFRTrain To Be A
Volunteer Food Runner

Community Food Rescue 
Manna Food Center is the lead agency of Community Food Rescue (CFR), the new coordinated food recovery system of Montgomery County, Maryland. CFR recovers and redistributes perfectly good food to people experiencing hunger.


We seek individuals, families, and groups with vehicles and good driving records to join our volunteer food runner corps to transport donated food from food businesses to recipient hunger relief agencies. 

Volunteer Food Runners are encouraged to attend a FREE two hour safe food handling training on June 25th 5-7pm.  Click here to sign up for the training.


Click here for more information and to register to volunteer for CFR's Volunteer Food Runners Program.  


For questions please contact Cheryl at
VolunteerWays to Volunteer

Check out our year round opportunities!

Warehouse Vols June 2015
 Food Distribution (DISTRO) Volunteer
SSL Eligible 
Must be 17 years of age or older

Volunteers (17 years of age or older) help with a variety of tasks such as packing and sorting food, bagging produce and meat, assisting clients to their car, and taking in food donations. Volunteers are needed every day Monday through Friday; shift 9am to ­3pm. Volunteers should be comfortable standing on their feet, bending, reaching and lifting, 5-25 pounds. 


For more information and/or to register for this opportunity, please email Marie at and put DISTRO in the subject line.


Vol Referral June 2015


Client Service Representative (CSR)

Must be 18 years of age or older 


As a client service representative (CSR) you will log referrals by phone, fax and email in to our database. We have the following volunteer shift currently available: 


Wednesday PM shift (12:30 - 4 pm)


English/Spanish bi­lingual volunteers especially needed.  Volunteers must be able to make a weekly commitment for a minimum of 6 months. We will provide you with the necessary training on our database.


For more information about volunteering as a CSR, email and indicate CSR in the subject line. 

SaturdaySecond Saturday Food Distribution       

Second Saturday distribution at Manna's Gaithersburg warehouse takes place from 11:30am - 1:30pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  

To receive food, clients must have a referral in by the preceding Friday at 3pm to pick up food on the 2nd Saturday. Visit the Manna website for upcoming dates and additional information.
Call 301-424-1130 or email  
DonorsA Heartfelt Thank You to Our 
May 2015 Donors

We extend a warm and sincere THANK YOU to all of the organizations and businesses that have donated food and funds during the month of May 2015. Without your incredible generosity, we would not be able to feed the families in need in our community. 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 list each of the individuals who also contribute to Manna, but the list would be endless. Thank you again for your support!


Academy of Fine Arts

Beall Elementary School

Bethesda Central Farmers' Market

Bethesda Co-op


Bullis School

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran

Capital Area Food Bank

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church

Clarksburg Farmers' Market


Cold Spring Elementary School

Colesville Presbyterian Church

Dawson's Market

Department of Health and Human

Elks Lodge

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Faith United Methodist Church

First Fruits Farm

Gaithersburg Germantown
    Chamber of Commerce

Giant Food


Harris Teeter

Herbert Hoover Middle School

Hermon Presbyterian Church

Jeff Miller Consulting Alliance

Jewish War Vet. Ladies Aux.

Jordan Pence Memorial Fund

Journey's Crossing Congregation

Kaiser Permanente of the
    Mid-Atlantic States

Larry E. Paul Certified Financial

Living Faith Lutheran Church

Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union

Montgomery County Master

Montgomery County Thrift Shop

Montgomery Faith Fellowship

Montgomery Master Gardeners

National Council of Jewish Women

Norman's Farm Markets

Norwood School

Olney Farmers & Artists' Market

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic


Quinter Design

Response Tech

Richard Montgomery HS Choral

Rockville Farmers' Market



Saint Mark Presbyterian Church


Sanders Foundation

Shrine of St. Jude


St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Stein Sperling, Bennett, De Jong
    and Driscoll, OC

Temple Emanuel

Tikvat Israel Congregation

Trader Joe's

True Buddha Temple Maryland

Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville

United Way of Greater Knoxville

Vedanta Center of Greater Washington DC

Village of Martin's Additions

Walter Johnson High School

Warner Memorial Presbyterian


Westland Middle School

Whetstone Elementary School

Whole Foods Market

Woodley Garden Club


In This Issue

Your donation makes a significant difference right here in Montgomery County. Manna is one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in our community, $0.94 cents of every dollar goes directly to feeding families in need.

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Learn how Manna helps our neighbors in need

Manna Food Center Overview
Manna Food Center 

The Karen Goldberg Smart Sacks Program
The Karen Goldberg Smart Sacks Program
Thank you to MCPS Student, Meg Stafford, for making this great video


How Manna Fights Hunger


We provide food for more than 3,760 families each month at seven food distribution sites throughout Montgomery County.
Smart Sacks
We match businesses & organizations with elementary schools, and together we provide healthy foods to 
more than 2,300 children every Friday.  
We provide food county-wide to partners such as emergency shelters, group homes, food pantries, and soup kitchens at no charge.

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 

Visit our website at 
Please support Manna through your workplace giving campaign.

United Way # 8846
CFC # 23028
2015 Farmers Markets season has begun!

Support Manna Food Center while at your local farmers market.  You can drop off fresh produce or cash donations at Manna's market table. We use donations to purchase unsold produce at the end of the day.  


You can make donations at the following markets.

Bethesda Central Farm Market

7600 Arlington Rd, Bethesda

Sundays, 9am - 1:30pm

Clarksburg Farmers Market

23315 Frederick Road, Clarksburg

Sundays, 10am - 1pm


Olney Farmers and Artists Market

2801 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney

Sundays, 9am - 1pm

Pike Central Farmers Market

5992 Executive Blvd.,

Saturdays, 9am - 1:30pm

 Rockville Town Center Farmers Market

Corner of Rt 28 and Monroe, Rockville

Saturday, 9am - 1pm

Thank you for your support!


Manna Food Center has been selected by   
The  Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as "one of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region" 






Manna Food Center has received the GuideStar Seal for Transparency. 


 Read Manna's evaluation

Six Years of Quality!     

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For the sixth year in a row, Manna Food Center has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Read Manna's evaluation here.

From their website: "Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. ... we aim to help charities by shining lights on truly effective organizations...we believe we can help ensure that charitable giving keeps pace with the growing need for charitable programs."

Thank you for fighting hunger and feeding hope with Manna Food Center.

    Therese Lampe                     Katie Sayago
    Development Coordinator      Development Specialist