Notes From our Executive Director
Dear Manna supporter,
"Failing to plan is planning to fail."
This was a favorite saying of my undergraduate professor, Dr. Margaret Ammons.  She was educating her students to be classroom teachers, but I have found her guidance to be true in the not-for-profit sector.  If social enterprises lack a plan for how they will fulfill their missions, they can easily fall into a trap of delivering immediate services but not focused on approaches to solve long-standing issues. 
Last year Manna Food Center committed itself to a fresh look at its work and mission, by embarking on a strategic planning process.  We listened to stakeholders like you, analyzed trends, and debated the way forward.  I am very pleased to report that on September 27, 2016, our Board of Directors endorsed a 2017 - 2020 plan.  For the next three years, Manna Food Center will focus on pursuing its mission through participant-centered and data driven program delivery, community leadership and advocacy, and a values-based business model that supports the people who make our work possible.  Our team is now focused on creating an implementation approach.
To make sure we match organizational structure to the challenges and opportunities ahead, we also reconfigured our leadership team.  In the photo above you'll see some familiar faces but new titles.  Angela Whitmal, with more than 11 years of service to Manna, is now our Senior Director of Administration and Client Services.  Jenna Umbriac, R.D., is directing our new Programs and Policies team.  Our logistics work is directed by Edwin Drijas. Stephanie Hubbard has expanded her portfolio as Director of Development and Communications.  Additionally, Manna's Board has named me Chief Executive Officer, with the honor of leading the entire Manna team.
On the horizon this year, as we strive for a hunger free MoCo is the opening, on November 12, of our second choice pantry in partnership with Silver Spring United Methodist Church; retooling our fleet of trucks-including a Manna Mobile Market visiting neighborhoods beginning June 2018; and developing a Capacity Building Campaign to secure additional funding  for expansion of our space and facilities.
Another saying of Dr. Ammons' was "some teachers have 20 years' experience or some have the same experience 20 times."  Our new strategic plan is a demonstration of Manna's commitment to progress, continuous improvement, and to striving until, in the words of our vision statement, "Our community is a place where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to making Montgomery County, Maryland, a place where all live in dignity." 
Jackie DeCarlo
Executive Director
CFR Wins Green Champion Award For Innovation
Jackie DeCarlo (rt), and Cheryl Kollin display Green Champion Award and surplus food ready for donation.

Manna Food Center was honored to be awarded Bethesda Magazine's prestigious Green Award for their program, Community Food Rescue (CFR) at the 7th Annual Bethesda Green Gala on October 6th. Of 45 nominees, Manna joins five other businesses, non-profits, and individuals recognized for making a difference in our community.  CFR won in the category of Innovation-nonprofit for, 'green products and/or services that is having or is poised to have a significant and measurable impact on sustainability either locally or on a broader scale.'
 "It's a sad fact that in our county of many riches, 1 in 12 people may not know where their next meal will come from," said Jackie DeCarlo, executive director of Manna Food Center.
Our hope is that this wonderful Bethesda Magazine award will highlight the progress that can be made when communities committed to ending hunger and greening our environment come together.-Jackie DeCarlo
While Manna's mission is to eliminate hunger  in Montgomery County, the Community Food Rescue network of food donor businesses, food assistance organizations and volunteer food runners, is also tackling a local and global environmental problem.  Click here to read more....
Cooper's Mill Fall Harvest to Benefit Manna
Fall's Here. Get Social. Beers, Bites and Cocktails On the House! 
Celebrate the First Fall Harvest at Cooper's Mill:
When: Friday, October 14th
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Cooper's Mill at Bethesda Marriott
5151 Pooks Hill Rd. Bethesda, MD 20814
Help Manna by bringing a canned good 
donation to this free event!
-Get a taste 
-Sample local beers
-Taste regionally-inspired dishes
-Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail or two
-Take home a gift bag full of local goodies
*Plan to attend this complimentary event? 
                               Call 301-564-5098 
Food Drive During Montgomery County Community Service Week
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The Giant Food Drives are back and we need your support!  Help collect food at Montgomery County Giant Grocery Stores.  When volunteers help we collect more food - it's that simple.  
Saturday and Sunday, October 22nd and 23rd
11am - 2pm, AM Shift
2pm - 5pm, PM Shift
11am - 5pm, Full Day Shift
We will send you an email confirming availability for your preferred store, date, and time.   
Due to limited space at the stores Giant has requested that we limit the number of volunteers, at any one time, to a maximum of 5 (including the adult supervisor).  At least one adult supervisor (21 or older) needs to be present at all times.  Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Questions? Contact Mardia.
Workplace Giving Season is Here
We are proud of our ability to consistently meet the needs of those in our community who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity. As the need continues we know that our impact would not be possible without your support. A great way to help us meet the need for essential food support is to designate Manna Food Center in your workplace giving campaigns. Spread the word and let your friends and family know about our work and impact.
United Way: 8846
CFC: 2302
To invite Manna to your charity campaign events or to speak at your company or organization please email Mardia.  Your support helps your neighbors receive the essential food support that make a difference in their lives. Thank you for making the positive impact of our work possible.
Community Food Rescue
A Blog by: Cheryl Kollin

Volunteers are the life-blood of Community Food Rescue (CFR). We literally couldn't provide donated food to serve our community without them. We're recruiting new volunteers now to keep up with the donations we're receiving, particularly from our local farms that have an abundance to donate during this harvest season.   Volunteers transport food directly from food ... Continue reading CFR Volunteer Food Runners Deliver ...
New Online Fundraising Tool Available!

Thanks to Medstar Montgomery Medical Center for being the first to test out our new peer to peer fundraising platform.  Last month they hosted a Foods and Funds Drive to benefit Manna Food Center.  The hospital team had their personalized MMMC website that kept a running tally of donations and donors could even dedicate their donations.  The drive brought in a total of 758 pounds of food and $3,500 for the Smart Sacks Program.  Thank you to all our friends at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center for answering the call to help their neighbors in need in such a fun, innovative way.  Check out their page here!

Starting your own fundraiser is easy to do, and it's fun. We'll even give you all the tools you'll need to make a difference. 
  • We have pre-built templates-- Send emails and social media messages to supporters based on expert-tested templates.
  • A Smarter Donation Page-- Solicit more donations with proven-success templates established from industry best practices.
  • Automated Notifications & Emails-- Keep your campaign on track with various automated features designed to get you closer to your goal.
"Our Smart Sacks initiative was a great success! We met our Food & Fund Drive goal by collecting over 700 lbs of food & donating more than $3,500! Having our own dedicated webpage made the fundraising easy & more fun. A special thanks to all associates who supported this worthwhile program. Because of your generosity, we are helping to stop childhood hunger in Montgomery County!"-Wendy Smith, Team Leader, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center

By starting your own fundraiser, you will help Manna help more people in our community. For more information or to start your fundraiser today, email Mardia.
Stay Informed During Inclement Weather
Severe weather season means powerful thunderstorms, dangerous lightning for much of our area.  To help keep smartphone users safe and informed, WeatherBug has launched new safety and alerting features as part of a major redesign of its award-winning app.  The app comes with the most up-to-the-minute forecasts, the fastest alerts from the largest real-time weather network, and whats more, you can keep up to date with the latest happenings at Manna Food Center right from the app.  

Simply download the free app (compatible with Apple or Android phones), log-in and follow Manna Food Center in the Communities section of the drop down menu. Stay alert and informed this storm season.
Available 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.
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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:
 Day or Evening Floater 
(Shift varies based on need)
 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10am-2pm 
(monthly commitment)
Email Katie 
for more information.

Satellite Distribution Centers
Volunteers help, Tuesday at Catholic Charities and Wednesday at Long Branch Community Center from 3pm-7pm, distributing prepacked boxes, assisting clients to their car, and taking in food donations. 
Must be 17 years of age of older.  This opportunity is approved for SSL hours.
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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.

For more information about these and any other volunteer opportunities visit our website.

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Harvest Day at First Fruits Farm
Volunteers harvest thousands of pounds of first-rate produce each year for Manna's clients. 

Saturday, November 5th 
8:30am to 12pm. 
Where:  First Fruits Farm near Freeland, MD 
Farm is about an hour north of Baltimore.
Volunteers will harvest and bag produce. Volunteers must be 7+ and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, 21 or older.  Volunteers must provide their own transportation to the field. 

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 August 16, 2016 - September 15, 2016. 

Without your incredible generosity, we would not be able to feed families in our community. 

Alex and Ani, LLC
Alice Shaver Foundation
Atlantis Medical Wellness Center
Bethesda Central Farmers' Market
B'nai Israel Congregation
Cabin John MS
Camp Louise
Capital Area Food Bank
Children of the Light, LLC
Christ Episcopal Church
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
City of Gaithersburg
City of Rockville
CSG Enterprise, L.P.
Daly Computers, Inc.
Department of Finance
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
First Fruits Farm
Folk'n Great Music
Giant Food
Harris Teeter
Hermon Presbyterian Church
HMS Host Foundation Inc.
Ingleside at King Farm
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Journey's Crossing Congregation
KS Kuts
Living Faith Lutheran Church
MacroGenics, Inc.
MCPS Nutrition Services
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
Modmarket LLC
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Employees FCU
Montgomery County Master Gardeners

National Council of Jewish Women
Norman's Farm Markets
Office of Enterprise Assessments
Olney Farmers & Artists' Market
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Penzey Spice Company
Propp Family Foundation
Response Tech
Restoration Church of Maryland
Robert Pence Remodeling, Inc.
Rockville Farmers' Market
Rockville United Church
Salem United Methodist Church
SEBA Gardens
Self Storage White Flint
Seneca Community Church
Seven Locks Baptist Church
Sidney Katz
Sodexo Foundation, Inc
St. James Episcopal Church
St. Jude's Leisure Club
State of Maryland
TD Charitable Foundation
Temple Beth Ami
Thomas S. Wootton HS
Trader Joe's
Twinbrook Baptist Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
Village of Martin's Additions
Voortman Cookies
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
Watkins Pond Community Garden
Whole Foods Market
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!  
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 

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

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