Notes from the Executive Director
Jackie & Cheryl with Aisha Salazar of AFAC

Dear Manna supporter,

You know how we can tell it is spring here at Manna Food Center? Not the beautiful daffodils we see, nor the allergy related sneezes we hear. We know it is spring because there are so many incredible events happening in our community.

This weekend, the Community Food Rescue team participated in a national dialogue convened by our partners at Food Recovery Network.  Our workshop "Is Food Recovery a False Solution to Ending Hunger?" drew more than two dozen students from around the country.  We discussed whether or not using surplus food to feed those experiencing food insecurity was a band aid solution to a larger societal dilemma.   It was inspiring to be with smart, young advocates.

We are going to be inspired again this Thursday, when we salute two heroes against hunger at our Annual Reception.  Giant Food was present at the creation of Manna, 33 years ago, and have been a consistent and generous community partner deserving of Corporate Partner of the Year Award.  Shondra Jenkins, of the Sodexo Foundation, was also a founding volunteer of our Goldberg Smart Sacks Award, and has helped Manna shape our strategies to end childhood hunger since 2005.  Please join us this Thursday to celebrate the difference individuals and institutions can make together.  

We are also looking forward to Montgomery Council Food Council meeting this Sunday, April 10, planning the merger of two working groups that Manna has been actively involved in:  Food Access and Food Recovery.  Consider joining us to chart a course to fight hunger collaboratively in Montgomery County 

Also consider joining the East County Interfaith Community Food Summit, April 27, Wednesday, 5-9 PM.  Manna couldn't do our work without the support of a variety of congregations and people of faith.  We are eager for this summit to explore more ways to work together, such as our choice pantry hosted by Colesville Presbyterian Church,  and discuss with County Executive Ike Leggett and other community leaders how to improve coordination among places of worship and peer agencies.  For more information and to register, please contact Jewru Bandeh or Mark Hodge of Montgomery County government. 

Please also read on to learn more about more happenings this season such as community Food Drives that are essential to keeping Manna shelves stocked year round.  Thank you for participating in our work and I look forward to seeing you in the community soon.

 
Jackie DeCarlo
Executive Director
240.268.2524
Celebrating Heroes Against Hunger This Thursday 
Heroes Against Hunger Logo

Join Manna Food Center THIS Thursday from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
at VisArts in Rockville Town Square for a unique event honoring
leaders in our community who are making 
an impact 
in the fight against hunger.
 
The Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception will feature a social hour, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction & meaningful program.
 
Limited Tickets Still Available.  Purchase yours today!

Support Upcoming Food Drives (or host your own!)
Did you know that the Spring and Summer months tend to be the slowest times of year for food donations?  Unfortunately, the demand for food continues throughout the year.  You can get involved to help Manna through participation in the following food drives... or plan your own with friends, family, co-workers or congregations!

April 23-24 & May 7-8:  Montgomery County Muslim Foundation Food Drive

April 24-30: Ride On's "Give & Ride" Food Drive 
Ride On bus customers can contribute food for this drive on any Ride On bus during Give & Ride. Those who give a food donation get a free bus ride.  

May 14:  Save the Date for the 24th Annual Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive 
Additional details to follow.  

Want to organize your own food drive to benefit Manna?  Check out some helpful tips and a list of most desired foods on our website.  
 
Keeping Food Safe: Free Webinar
CFR's new Food Safety Information brochure offers concise tips on how to tell when food is safe to eat. Available in seven languages.
Have you ever wondered whether you can eat something that is past the package date on the food you buy? How about that slightly dented can or bruised peach? What about the food in your refrigerator or freezer?

Join us on April 28th, from 2-3:30 pm EDT for the next Community Food Rescue (CFR) food safety session, now offered as a free webinar that you can attend from the comfort of your computer. The webinar is open to all who are interested in learning about the basics of food safety, including how to tell if food is safe to eat, and proper thawing, preparation, and storage techniques.

The webinar will highlight safe food handling for CFR volunteer food runners. Community Food Rescue relies on volunteer food runners to transport food from food businesses to food assistance organizations. We seek volunteers ages 18 and older, with a good driving record, who want to help reduce hunger and prevent food from going to waste. The webinar will show you how to sign up as a CFR volunteer food runner and what you need to know to handle and transport food safely.


Click HERE to register for this free webinar, and we will send you the link prior to April 28th. For questions, contact: Cheryl Kollin, cheryl@communityfoodrescue.org

Submit Your Photos on April 22 to Support Manna
Montgomery Community Media is preparing for its 4th annual, "A 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.
For every photo or video MCM receives, the Slavin Family Foundation will donate $1 to Manna Food Center to help end hunger in our county.
 
Email your images and videos to pix@mymcmedia.org
or Tweet photos @mymcmedia #ditl. We welcome all photographs and videos. Use your mobile device or your best digital camera, it does not matter. Remember, the best camera you have is the one in your hand at the moment!

Rules Specific to "A Day in the Life of Montgomery County:"
  1. All photos must be taken on April 22, from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. within the borders of Montgomery County, Maryland.
  2. Entries must be submitted by noon Saturday, April 23.
  3. There is no limit on the number of photos a person can submit.
  4. Submissions can be made by email to pix@mymcmedia.org, one email for each photo.
  5. OR tweet photos using @mymcmedia #ditl.
  6. Photos and videos can also be uploaded directly via our "You Report" page. A quick registration is required.
  7. Only digital photos will be accepted (no prints or scans).
  8. All submissions are subject to MCM's Contributed Content Policy.
Showcase your photo:
  1. Please submit full-size resolution images. Recommended image size is at least 1024 x 768 pixels, JPEG or PNG format.
  2. We ask that each photo be accompanied by a short description, including a title and photographer's name in subject line of email. In the body of your email, include a brief description of the photo, location, date and time. This information will be available with your photo on mymcmedia.org.
Ongoing 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 17 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.
Referral Office
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 required. 

Shifts Currently Available:
Thursdays, 4-7pm    
(weekly commitment)
 
 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10am-2pm
(monthly commitment)

 Email Marie at
 volunteer@mannafood.org 
for more information.

Food Runner
Join Community Food Rescue (CFR), Montgomery County's network for food recovery. Help deliver rescued food to area shelters.
Click here to learn how you can help feed more and waste less.
Second Saturday Food Distribution
Produce
Second Saturday distribution at Manna's Gaithersburg warehouse takes place from 11:30am - 1:30pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Next opportunity is April 9th.

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 referral@mannafood.org.  
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 February 16, 2016 - March 15, 2016. 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 also list each of the individuals who contribute to Manna; thank you all again for your support!

Asbury Communities
Aspen Hill Christian Church
Avendra
Bethesda Co-Op
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Bureau of National Affairs
Capital Area Food Bank
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Church of Our Savior
Church of The Redeemer
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
Cold Spring ES
Colesville Presbyterian Church
Colesville United Methodist Men
Congregation Har Shalom
Creekside at Leisure World
Delta Kappa Gamma Society Sigma Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Department of Finance
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Folk'n Great Music
Geneva Day School
Giant Food
Gold's Gym
Harris Teeter
Health & Wellness Services
Hermon Presbyterian Church
Herson's Honda
Hidden Creek Commons
HOT 99.5
Journey's Crossing Congregation
Larry E. Paul Certified Financial Planner
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew
Macy's at Lakeforest Mall
Matan Companies
Merrill Lynch
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Employees FCU
Montgomery County Muslim Foundation
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Board
National Council of Jewish Women
Otsuka America Pharmeceutical, Inc.
Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar
People's Community Baptist Church
Potomac ES
Rainbow Community Development Ctr.
Response Tech

    
Roots
Safeway
Sandy Spring Friends School
Self Storage White Flint
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Shady Grove Eye & Vision Care
Shepherd's Table
Shrine of St. Jude
Sodexo Foundation
Somerset ES
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
The Bargain Box Thrift & Consignment Shop
Trader Joe's
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Twinbrook Baptist Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County
Wegmans
Whole Foods Market
Woodley Garden Club
Xa Loi Temple

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 
301-424-1130

Please support Manna through your workplace giving campaign.
United Way # 8846 - CFC # 23028 

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